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Brambleton Growing Families. Building Community. Connecting Life.

Brambleton Community Association Quarterly Publication

Sights and Sounds of Summer

Summer 2019

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Brambleton Community Association Magazine

Summer 2019


A MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

Sights and Sounds of Summer

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n Brambleton, you can hear the joyous screams and laughter coming from the nearby pool or tot lot as you ride past on your bike. You can listen to the cheers coming from the summer campers as they support their teammates in achieving their first personal goals at camp. You can take in the natural or maintained beauty that Brambleton’s landscapes have to offer as you stroll down one of our many trails. Or you can sit on the grass in Legacy Park with neighbors and family enjoying the music from our Summer Concert Series while snacking on a tasty treat from a great food truck. These are just some of the sights and sounds that make the Brambleton summer lifestyle so memorable. These are the experiences that set Brambleton apart from other communities. Creating these experiences has been the focus of the Brambleton Community Association during the past twelve months and throughout its existence. Summer is one of my favorite times of year because it is the time that we see our hard work and planning come to fruition. So how did we arrive at this point? It actually started about this time one year ago when BCA staff and the Board of Directors started developing the 2019 budget in June 2018. The overall process starts with developing and adopting the actual budget process. Once the process and calendars are adopted, staff begins a review of the current programs, services, and events that are in place. The

results from this review are used to set goals for the following year’s budget. The process also involves input from several of the Association’s committees. What are the committees’ priorities for the following year? Are the committees focused on new events? New parks or amenities? New capital infrastructure? What are the Association’s needs and desires? Once all of the Brambleton community’s needs and desires are identified, staff works to create a first draft of the proposed budget. The initial draft will be presented to the Finance Committee for their recommendations and then to the Board for their initial consideration. The Board then begins to review the various needs and changes included in the proposed budget and discusses and considers the impact on Brambleton residents and their assessments. Can they justify changes to the service levels which may impact the assessments that residents must pay? Once they have thoroughly reviewed the proposed budget, the Board takes action to adopt it – typically in October – and directs staff to begin the implementation of the newly adopted budget. Implementation of the new budget begins before the current budget year ends. Residents are notified of the new budget and its impact on assessments. Staff works with committees on new projects and begins to seek proposals for new services, products, and capital improvements. Planning for upcoming

events begins. Current contracts and contractors are reviewed for the upcoming year. The process to plan and implement many of our events, programs, services, and improvement projects can take twelve months or even longer, so work begins as soon as possible. The summer months are the time in which we see our hard work pay off. The opening of new tennis and basketball courts, the success of our summer events and concerts, the start of pool season and summer camps, and the enjoyment of over 15 miles of well-maintained trails are just a few of the ways in which we see our staff ’s hard work and dedication pay off. Positively impacting the lifestyles and lives of our wonderful residents is one of the primary reasons that we do what we do. The smiles on residents’ faces and the laughter in their voices are good indicators that our Association has achieved its goal to make Brambleton a great place to live, grow, and connect with life! Sincerely, Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM

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Brambleton

FEATURES

Community Association Vision & Mission Vision

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

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

Board of Directors 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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Sights and Sounds of Summer A MESSAGE FROM RICK STONE, GENERAL MANAGER Summertime is when the hard work and planning of the Association comes to fruition and makes Brambleton a great place to live, grow, and connect with life.

(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: Jah Works performing at Summer Concert on July 12, 2018 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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Architectural Review and the Path to Approval

Summer Outdoor Fitness in Brambleton

BY ANDREA MARTIN

BY CHRISTINE ELANSARY

Proper BCA approval of architectural changes best serves the interests of residents and the entire community.

Brambleton residents can enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle with fitness stations, beautiful trails, and more!

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ARTICLES

EVENTS

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MESSAGE FROM THE GM

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COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Sights and Sounds of Summer

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INSIDE BCA

Architectural Review and the Path to Approval

Board of Directors

Love Where You Live!

Committee Updates

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Ground Works: Summer Activity

Summer Outdoor Fitness in Brambleton

New Well Installed in Brambleton

JUNE & JULY

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 July 11 & 25: Summer Concert, 7:30 - 9:30 PM July 12 & 26: Teen Late Night Swim, 8 - 10 PM

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July 19: Movie on the Green, Dusk - 11 PM

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

What Brings You to the Marketplace?

Fishing in Brambleton

American Pool

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Aug. 9: Teen Late Night Swim, 8 - 10 PM

Brambleton Tennis Courts

Brambleton Library Highlights

Aug. 16: Movie on the Green, Dusk - 11 PM

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HOME & GARDEN

Summer Reading Program

Planting for a Healthy Environment

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RESIDENT RESOURCES

Payment Options

Sept. 8: Doggone Wild Pool Party, 2 - 6 PM

Verizon Update

Sept. 14/15: Neighborhood Campout, 1 PM - 10 AM

Important Contact Information

Brambleton Maps

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Dulles South Food Pantry

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Events Committee: July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4 at 7:30 PM

Independence High School

Covenants Committee: July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9 at 7 PM

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SAFETY & SECURITY

Water Safety Around Brambleton

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Aug. 8: Summer Concert, 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Aug. 22: Summer Concert (Rain Date), 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Summer 2019 Events

Teen Summer Service Days

Race Brambleton

Bram Life Pass

Bram Bus Trips

Summer Concert Series

Red White & BRAM

Teen Late Night Swim

Movies on the Green

Doggone Wild Pool Party

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Neighborhood Campout

BCA Communications

DMV2GO

Spotlight: Legacy Elementary School

Brambleton Town Center, Harris Teeter Parking Lot: 9 AM - 4 PM

New Faces on the BCA Team

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HOW TO REACH US

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Pool Information

Common Pool Questions

MEETINGS Board of Directors: Aug. 6 at 8:15 AM Finance Committee: June 25, July 23, Aug. 27 at 7:30 PM

Safety & Security Committee: July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10 at 7 PM Grounds & Facilities Committee: July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10 at 7:30 PM

• July 2nd & 3rd • August 5th & 6th • September 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 in March, April, and May 2019 and took the following actions in accordance with its governing documents, state statute, and federal laws:

March, April, and May 2019 Board Meetings: ƒƒ Approved the February, March, and April Board meeting minutes. ƒƒ Listened to a presentation and proposal on 5G small cell towers in Brambleton. ƒƒ Reviewed and accepted several management and financial reports. ƒƒ Approve a 5-year contract for grounds maintenance with HLS. ƒƒ Accepted Section 12/Water Towers and the Town Center Residential section from the Developer. ƒƒ Adopted a Transition Calendar for 2019. ƒƒ Adopted the Responsible Community document. ƒƒ Adopted the Board Ethics document. ƒƒ Adopted a charter for the Personnel Committee of the Board. ƒƒ Adopted a format for future Board orientation programs. ƒƒ Adopted revisions to the charters for the Finance Committee and the Grounds & Facilities Committee. ƒƒ Adopted a charter for the permanent Community Technology Committee and the Elections Committee. ƒƒ Adopted revisions to Resolution 12: Use of Common Areas - Tennis & Basketball Courts. ƒƒ Considered additional landscaping near Majestic Knolls and directed staff to plant a few additional trees to replace the removed trees. ƒƒ Appointed several members to the newly-formed Events Committee. ƒƒ Appointed Brian Viola to the Elections Committee. ƒƒ Directed staff to resume the asphalt rejuvenation program as recommended by the Grounds & Facilities Committee and BCA staff. ƒƒ Adopted revisions to the Political Guidelines for Events document. ƒƒ Reviewed and considered several appeals and owner obligations matters. Copies of the completed and approved meeting minutes can be requested at hoa@brambleton.org.

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UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS Tuesday, August 6th, 8:15 AM, BCA Management Office Visit www.brambletonhoa.com or the BCA Facebook page for any meeting schedule updates.


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BCA Committee Updates EVENTS COMMITTEE

Responsibility: The primary responsibility of the Events Committee is to advise staff and the Board of Directors in a reasonable and productive manner on issues pertaining to new event idea development and to develop ideas for a volunteer program, sponsorship program, and other opportunities. Meetings: First Wednesday of each month. Upcoming meetings: 7/3, 8/7, 9/4 at 7:30 PM Website: http://www.brambletonhoa.com/eventscommittee

COVENANTS COMMITTEE Responsibility: Reviewing submitted design review applications, considering violations of BCA documents, and taking enforcement actions. Meetings: Second Monday of each month. Upcoming meetings: 7/8, 8/12, 9/9 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: 7/9, 8/13, 9/10 at 7:00 PM Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/safety

GROUNDS & FACILITIES COMMITTEE Responsibility: Advising the Board on issues related to rules, policies, maintenance, upkeep, and the use of the common grounds and facilities. Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month. Upcoming meetings: 7/9, 8/13, 9/10 at 7:30 PM Website: http://www.brambletonhoa.com/grounds

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: 6/25, 7/23, 8/27 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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Ground Works: Summer 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

Date

Trash & Litter Removal

January - December

Geese Patrol of Ponds

February - June

Mowing & Edging

March - November

Weed Control

March - November

Pond Maintenance

March - December

Irrigation/Watering

May - October

Shrub & Groundcover Pruning

June

Irrigation Inspections

June - August

Aeration

August

Townhome Grounds Maintenance Program

Date

Mowing & Edging

March - November

Email Operations@ brambleton.org with any questions related to planned summer 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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New Well Installed in Brambleton Shantil Moyer - Operations & Capital Projects Manager

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he Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission statement declares that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brambleton Community Association is committed to proactively leading a quality community for its residents through stewardship of resources, advanced technology, and enhanced lifestylesâ&#x20AC;?. We value our mission statement and strive every day to utilize our core values of service, leadership, stewardship, teamwork, and innovation in order to accomplish this mission. One example of the Association fulfilling its mission and core values is through the recent installation of a well along the trail behind Fallen Hills Road.

Association aims to reduce these costs is with their switch from public works water to a well water source. The Board of Directors approved capital funding to install the well behind Fallen Hills Road with the knowledge that the capital investment would pay for itself

Brambleton has an extensive irrigation network, featuring over 35 systems and more than 1,100 zones, which irrigates over 35 acres of common area. Water-related costs for the Association have greatly increased as the irrigation system has been turned over to the Association from the Developer to manage and operate. One way that the

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in approximately a year and a half and eventually save thousands of dollars in irrigation costs. The installation of the well has been a huge success, and the well produces a pressure of over 90 pounds per square inch which is greater than what the Association had originally expected. The well is ready to be put into operation later this summer, and it will replace the public works water currently used for the irrigation system. Another benefit of the well installation is that well water is eco-friendly. Well water is naturally occurring and contains no added chemicals. By utilizing well water, the Association is serving as stewards of our environment. With the installation of the well and the advancement of other capital projects, the Association will continue to serve our mission and core values and look for other ways to be innovative for the benefit of our community.

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Fishing in Brambleton Isaiah Marsh - Operations & Capital Projects Administrator

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he weather is warming up and the fish are biting in Brambleton! It’s time to get outside and check out some of the great fishing holes in the area. There are several beautiful ponds featured throughout the community that are available to anglers of all levels. There are two types of ponds available for fishing in Brambleton: preexisting ponds and stormwater retention ponds. Preexisting or “farm” ponds were located on the property prior to the development of Brambleton. These ponds are primarily used for recreational and aesthetic purposes and remain in a more natural state, requiring minimal maintenance. Stormwater retention ponds were created as a result of development to manage increase runoff as a result of additional impervious surfaces such as

roads, driveways, and rooftops. Loudoun County is responsible for maintenance of the management functions of the ponds while the Association is responsible for maintenance of the recreational and aesthetic functions. Residents and their guests are permitted to fish in both types of ponds from the shore on a catch-and-release basis from dawn to dusk. In the right conditions you can find carp, catfish, bluegill, sunfish, and largemouth bass throughout the ponds. Please help us keep our ponds clean by disposing of any unused fishing line or litter that you may have. Also, make sure to purchase a Virginia Fishing License before hitting the water; more information on license requirements can be found at www.dgif. virginia.gov.

Beaverdam Creek Reservoir

Along with all of the great spots the community has to offer, just north of Brambleton is the Beaverdam Creek Reservoir. The reservoir is currently closed for renovations and will reopen once the project is complete. It will span 1,000 acres and be open to the public from dawn to dusk. The renovation project is designed to improve safety and reliability by bringing the dam into compliance with Virginia dam safety regulations for high hazard dams. The work done will include phased excavation, diversion of water, construction of a new concrete spillway, embankment improvements, control tower modifications, a new transfer pump station and electrical building, improved drainage systems, instrumentation and controls improvements, and a permanent stream crossing. Once the embankment area is complete, they will begin to fill the reservoir. Although there is not an exact timeframe for when the reservoir will reopen, Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks are expecting to allow recreational activities back on the water later this summer. Several species of fish will live in the reservoir, and fishing at the reservoir can be enjoyed both on the shore and by non-gas, car-top launch vessels. Be safe, have fun, and see you on the water!

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American Pool

Isaiah Marsh - Operations & Capital Projects Administrator

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he Association is excited to announce that we are partnering with American Pool this summer to provide pool management at our pools. American Pool’s core value is pool safety, and everything they do is built around that focus. From lifeguard training to managing water chemistry to repairing or renovating pools, nothing is more important than safety at our pools.

If you are interested in becoming a lifeguard at a Brambleton pool, please visit www.guardforlife.com/quick-apply

and enter your information (select “Ashburn” from the work area dropdown menu) or call 703-579-0855.

American Pool was founded in 1984 and has since grown to be the largest commercial swimming pool management, maintenance, renovation, and recreational facility management operation in the United States. Commerciallyfocused American Pool companies service apartments, homeowner associations, country clubs, swim clubs, hospitality businesses, condominiums, fitness clubs, and active adult communities. In addition, American Pool employs over 7,200 lifeguards and 550 full-time, year-round employees.

Brambleton Tennis Courts Four new tennis courts are now open at our Creighton West Park! These courts are a nice addition to the two existing tennis courts located at Legacy Park. Creighton West Park also features two basketball courts, a dog park, and a walking trail. Players Boards have also been installed at the Creighton West and Legacy Park tennis courts. Brambleton residents will be required to display their Bram Life Passes on these boards while using the courts. Players who do not have cards displayed may be asked to show proof of residency or be asked to leave. Please contact operations@brambleton.org with any questions or concerns.

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HOME & GARDEN

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id you know that the vast majority of insect species are harmless or actually beneficial? Insects are critically important to the overall web of life that makes up a healthy environment. Anyone with a small plot of garden or even some flower pots can make a positive contribution to creating a landscape that provides food and shelter for native species. Both the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy promote planting the “Super Nine” to make the greatest environmental impact: 1. Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea) has lacy foliage and yellow flowers. It is a host plant for the black swallowtail butterfly and provides nectar for bees, butterflies, and other insects.

3. Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) prefers moist areas or frequent watering; 4. B utterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) prefers dryer areas than the swamp milkweed. Both milkweed plants are hosts for the monarch butterfly and provide nectar for butterflies, bees, and other insects. Monarch caterpillars prefer tender leaves. Cut back the milkweed by 1/3 in mid-June and again by 1/3 in mid-July to promote the growth of foliage to draw monarchs. 5. Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum spp.) attracts a wide variety of nectar loving insects.

2. Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea) is a profuse spring bloomer. Plant in difficult places where it will out-compete Japanese stilt grass and garlic mustard.

Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea)

6. Carolina Wild Petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis) is host for the buckeye butterfly and provides nectar for butterflies. This is a tough plant with blue to purple flowers. 7. Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia) is host for the silvery checkerspot butterfly and provides nectar for bees and other insects. This is an easy and trouble-free plant. 8. Aster (Symphoyichum) is host for the Pearly Crescent butterfly and provides nectar for butterflies, native bees, and insects. It comes in a wide range of colors and sizes. 9. Goldenrod (Solidago) provides an important source of nectar for butterflies and native bees. There are many species of goldenrod, tall and short, and some that will grow in the shade. For more information on native plants, visit www.plantnovanatives.org (Plant NOVA Natives).

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LIFESTYLES

JUNE & JULY June 27: Summer Concert 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Summer 2019 Events

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

Teen Late Night Swim

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

July 11, 25: Summer Concert 7:30 - 9:30 PM

July 12, 26: Teen Late Night Swim 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Teen Late Night Swim

July 19: Movie on the Green Dusk - 11:00 PM

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER Aug. 8: Summer Concert 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Aug. 9: Teen Late Night Swim 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Teen Late Night Swim

Aug. 16: Movie on the Green Dusk - 11:00 PM

Aug. 22: Concert Rain Date 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Sept. 8: Dog Gone Wild Pool Party 2:00 - 6:00 PM

Sept. 14-15: Neighborhood Campout

1:00 PM - 10:00 AM

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Teen Summer Service Days Join Brambleton Kids Care This Summer for

Teen Summer Service Days! These service days are a great opportunity for kids to give back to the community and to help organizations that do so much for people in Loudoun County. Kids (ages 12+) will visit with different local non-profit organizations during the summer to help with a variety of tasks. Register at www.brambletonhoa.com/teensummerservicedays.

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JK Community Farm - Planting

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TBD Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Boulder Crest Retreat JK Community Farm - Harvest

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Introducing a New Race

Brambleton is excited to introduce an inaugural race for 2019, the Guardians of Education 5k & Super-Hero Fun Run! Plan to join your community Super-Heroes on Saturday, October 19th at the Brambleton Town Center with the 5k race starting at 8 AM. Come together to celebrate those who make our community strong, including police officers, fire fighters, teachers, doctors, etc. This is not your average 5k! We encourage you to run with us as we raise money for educational scholarship funds. Visit www.brambletonhoa.com/racebrambleton for more information.

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POOLS

Stay Cool Beacon Crest Pool 22650 Beacon Crest Terrace, 703-542-2222

Beacon Crest has a main pool with a waterfall, wading pool, spa, grill, and rentable clubhouse.

Pool Hours

Pre-Season (Sat/Sun, 5/11-24):

11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

School Weekdays:

4:30 PM to 8:00 PM

School Weekends:

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Summer Weekdays & Weekends:

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Brambleton Corner Pool 42255 Palladian Blue Terrace, 703-327-7060 Brambleton Corner offers an 8-lane pool, grill, and a clubhouse. The clubhouse and pool are available for private rentals.

Pool Hours

School Weekdays (8/22 - 9/2):

4:30 PM to 8:00 PM

School Weekends:

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Summer Weekdays (6/8 - 7/26):

11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Summer Weekdays (7/27 - 8/21):

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Summer Weekends:

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Community Center Pool 42645 Regal Wood Drive, 703-542-2943 The Community Center pool offers a freshly redone beach entrance, white coating, waterline, and lane tiles. This facility also has a spa and wading pool. The clubhouse is available for private rental.

Pool Hours

School Weekdays:

4:30 PM to 8:00 PM

School Weekends:

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Summer Weekdays & Weekends:

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Stratford Landing Pool 23503 Quillback Court, 703-542-7360 Stratford Landing is our “fun” pool that offers amenities designed for younger kids like buckets that fill and tip, shoreline water spouts, a splash pad, and a slide.

Pool Hours School Weekdays:

11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

School Weekends:

9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Summer Weekdays & Weekends:

9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Post-Season (Sat/Sun, 9/3-15):

11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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at the Pool! Brambleton Bettas Swim Team The Brambleton Bettas Swim Team practices at the Brambleton Corner pool and holds meets at the Community Center pool. Practices and meets will impact operating hours at these pools accordingly: • Practices at Brambleton Corner: ŦŦEvening Practices – Weekdays, 5:00 - 8:30 PM. May 27th through June 6th. No practice on June 7th. ŦŦMorning Practices – Weekdays, 7:00 - 11:00 AM. June 10th through July 26th. No practice on July 4th. • Meets at Community Center: ŦŦ Wednesday Meets – June 19th, July 10th: 4:00 - 10:00 PM. ŦŦ Saturday Meets – June 8th, June 22nd, June 29th: 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM. July 13th: 4:00 - 10:00 PM. ŦŦ Possible Monday Meet Make-up Dates – July 1st, July 15th: 4:00 - 10:00 PM.

Safety at Our Pools Safety is always the first concern at our pools, and we look forward to another safe and fun pool season. Here are a few of our important safety rules to observe while visiting any of our pools: • Young children who are not strong swimmers shall not be farther than one arm’s length away from a parent, guardian, or responsible adult. • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible person 16 years of age or older. • All bathers should rinse off prior to entering the pool. • Smoking is not permitted within any of the pools. • Glass containers/ breakable objects are not permitted in the pool area. • The chewing of gum is not permitted in the pool area or pool building. • Proper bathing attire is required. No cutoffs or similar attire will be permitted. • Running, pushing, wrestling, dunking, the use of profanity, or screaming are not permitted. • Children of diaper age must wear either cloth diaper with rubber pants or a swim diaper; such devices should be properly fitting. A complete copy of the pool rules is posted at each pool and is available on the BCA website. For any additional questions, or for more information about Brambleton’s pools, please contact us at operations@brambleton.org or call 703-542-6263.

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Common Pool Questions Bram Life Pass (Pool Pass) Questions

I'm new to the Brambleton community. How do I get a Bram Life Pass (pool pass)? Stop by the BCA Management office to get your picture taken for your pass, or email your favorite headshot and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll mail the completed passes to you. All family members over the age of 2 must have a valid pass to use the pool. Residents over the age of 18 need to provide verification of their residency in Brambleton. What if I rent a property in Brambleton? In addition to the requirements above, a copy of your current lease and a letter of permission completed by your landlord is needed each year.

I already have a pass. Do I need to re-register? Registered owners and their families have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pass for lifeâ&#x20AC;? and do not need to re-register as long as their address has not changed. Passes created before the Bram Life Pass rebranding are still active and do not need to be updated. For forms and more information, visit www.brambletonhoa.com/pools, contact us at hoa@brambleton.org, or call 703-542-6263. What is the guest pass policy? Each household will receive ten complimentary guest visits for the pool season. These visits will be placed on a household account and will be tracked within the pass database. Physical complimentary passes will not be issued. Residents must inform the entrance guard of the number of guests accompanying them upon entering the facility. There will be a maximum of four guests admitted at any time per eligible household. Can I obtain a pass for my babysitter? A one-season Nanny Pass is available for purchase for residents who wish to give their daycare provider access to the pool facilities to bring their children to the pool. Adequate proof of employment must be provided at the time of application for such a pass. The cost for the pass is $50. There is a limit of one pass per household. Homeowners may exchange their pass if the daycare provider changes during the summer for a small fee.

Miscellaneous Questions

At what age can my child go by themselves to the pool? Children ages 12 and older may come to the pool by themselves. Please note also that children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible person at least 16 years old while in the pool area. Can I bring food to the pool? Yes, food and beverages are permitted; however, you may only eat in specified eating areas. Gum chewing is not permitted in the pool area or pool buildings. No glass containers are allowed on the pool deck area. No alcohol is allowed at the pool during pool hours. What should I do if an issue arises while I'm at the pool? If there is a problem while you are at one of our pools, please direct your concerns to onsite staff. If additional help is needed, please contact operations@brambleton.org or call 703-542-6263. Are swim lessons available? Private swim lessons are available at our pools for all ages and all skill levels. LetSwim offers private lessons and semi-private lessons. Register at www.letswim.com. I'm interested in lifeguarding at a Brambleton pool. Who can I contact? The Association contracts with American Pool for pool management. Visit www.guardforlife.com/quick-apply (select "Ashburn" from the work area menu) or call 703-579-0885 to apply. 25more For information, please visit www.brambletonhoa.com/pools or email operations@brambleton.org. Brambleton Community Association Magazine Summer 2019


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COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Architectural Review and the Path to Approval Andrea Martin, CMCA, AMS - Community Standards & Administration Manager

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omeowner responsibility does not end after you purchase your home. If you buy a home in Brambleton, a planned, covenanted community, you become part of the Brambleton Community Association. Our governing documents require that the Association approve all proposed architectural changes before any work is started. The importance of this requirement cannot be overstated when you consider the reason for such a restriction. Membership in a community association requires compliance with pre-existing conditions and regulations. One of the biggest advantages of these conditions is the protection of our property values. The value of your home is directly related to the condition, appearances, and aesthetics of our community as a whole. By regulating the kind and types of architectural changes

that can be performed, our Association is better able to maintain our property values. Getting our Association to approve all proposed architectural changes is not just a good idea to protect your investment, it is a requirement! More information on Brambleton’s covenants can be found in the Association’s governing documents, which include the Declaration for Brambleton and any policy resolutions of the Association’s Board of Directors. These documents are available at www.brambletonhoa. com/governingdocuments. The Community Standards Advisor assigned to your section can guide you through the application process to help ensure you submit a complete application to the Committee. Brambleton’s Design Guidelines contain specific information on a variety of exterior modifications. Owners should familiarize

Please submit your Design Review Application by the Wednesday prior to that month’s Covenant Committee meeting in order to allow time for proper reviewal.

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themselves with the guidelines related to their desired project prior to planning their project and submitting a design review application. Building without prior approval could be very costly, especially if projects are not completed within guidelines and then need further modifications or removal to meet compliance.

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Advisors make every effort to review and help homeowners submit a completed application that can be approved, but occasionally applications do get denied because they lack supporting details or are not allowed within the Brambleton Design Guidelines. Completed applications may be submitted via email (preferred method) to designreview@brambleton.org or to the management office at 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 210, Brambleton 20148. A drop box is located outside of our lobby entrance for after-hours submissions, and materials are retrieved each business morning.

Love Where You Live!

Monthly Tips to Keep Brambleton Beautiful June Once plants and trees have leafed out, it is time to make a final pruning to remove winter damage. Always cut the limb or shoot back to live wood. If the damage to the plant is severe, you might consider replacing it. Apply extra shredded bark mulch around newly planted trees and shrubs to better transition these plants into your garden. The extra mulch will reduce water loss and heat stress to the new roots.

The Covenants Committee meets on the second Monday of every month to review completed design review applications. Meetings are held at the Brambleton Management Office located within the Town Center. Attendance is not required for an application to be reviewed. Please submit your application by the Wednesday prior to meeting to allow time for advisors to properly review it and request additional documents or missing information. In instances where an application is sent late, or lacks requested information, staff will delay submittal to the Covenants Committee until all information is received.

Repair spots caused by pet waste. When pets do their business on your lawn, they are effectively over-fertilizing those spots. Some companies sell lawn repair kits that can help you re-grow these brown spots. Replant affected areas with a more urine-resistant grass â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ryegrass and fescue are the most urineresistant.

Should you wish to discuss your application in person with the Committee, it is recommended that you make an appointment ahead of time to ensure that time is set aside to address your concerns that evening. Application decision information is not provided at the meeting, as all decision information is communicated in writing 5-7 business days after the meeting date.

Hydration is essential to the growth and nutrition of your lawn. The entire landscape surrounding your home needs to receive at least an inch of water on a weekly basis. The main things to remember when it comes to manual hydration are to water as early as possible as well as not to over-saturate your lawn.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Community Standards Advisor by visiting our website, emailing staff at communitystandards@brambleton.org, or by calling us at 703-542-6263. Advisors are happy to meet with residents to discuss any concerns and questions or review an application in our office between the hours of 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

August

July Raise the cutting height of your lawnmower 1 to 1.5 inches to help your grass survive drought and heat. This helps shade the soil, slow evaporation, and reduce weeds. Arrange for a professional or neighbor to monitor your irrigation system and to cut your lawn while away on vacation for extended periods of time.

All watering should be done in the early morning hours so that the soil can absorb all moisture before the sun/heat has a chance to dry it up.

Aerate compacted soil, dethatch lawns, and plan fall tasks as cool-season grass return to active growth. Overseed to prevent or strengthen thinning lawns. Do this 45 days before your region's first expected frost. Seed new lawns. Warm soil, cooler temperatures, and fall moisture make late summer and early fall prime time for germination. Keep newly seeded or overseeded areas consistently moist.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Summer Outdoor Fitness in Brambleton Christine Elansary - Community Outreach & Lifestyles Coordinator the peace and serenity of the outdoors on your own. Either way, you can enjoy a break from the couch and screen time. Be sure to check out the map below or

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rambleton is the perfect community in which to live an active and healthy lifestyle. With 18 miles of trails and an expansive park system, there are plenty of opportunities to keep you moving and on your feet. And with summer on its way, now is the perfect time to get out and take advantage of what our active fitness stations have to offer.

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EATLOCO

What Brings You to the Marketplace? Dan Hine - Founder & CEO, EatLoco

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homemade bakery items, scones, jellies, and mouth-watering cupcakes and beignets. Some are even known for their unbelievable food trucks that prepare a Sunday breakfast that's to die for. B u t t h e E a t L o c o B r a m b l e to n Marketplace is special in that it is known for all these things, plus so much more. The Brambleton Marketplace brings out the people of Brambleton – residents, children, guests, and even pets – for a variety of reasons. Some come to enjoy education from our vendors (i.e., “Are your apples sprayed?”; “How is your coffee roasted?”). In fact, one of the more frequently asked questions at the marketplace is if the available proteins are organic. As Chris Gorman, owner of Harmony Hill Farm and Brambleton Marketplace vendor, says, "A farm is not considered ‘organic’ just because the farmers feed his animals organic feed." All of our vendors are extremely knowledgeable about their products and love to educate Brambleton patrons to help them make the best selections for

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their families. With so many food choices offered today, it's refreshing to hear directly from the people that actually grow, raise, or make their own products. To coin a phrase from an early 80’s sitcom, "it's where everybody knows your name". Whether it's the fresh brewed coffee, the music, the charming vendors, or the shopping that gets Brambletonians out of bed on an early Sunday morning, the EatLoco Brambleton Marketplace does an excellent job of one very important thing: providing a place for residents to get their weekend dose of friends old and new and to start their week off right. It's what makes the Brambleton Marketplace the Brambleton Marketplace. This is Brambleton's happy place. So come on down to the Brambleton Marketplace every Sunday from 9 AM to 1 PM at Brambleton Plaza, next to the Brambleton Library. We may not know your name yet, but we'd like to!


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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.

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 Summer Closings Thursday, July 4: Independence Day

Library Playdate: Conversation for adults. Toys and play space for children. For ages 5 & under with an adult. Fridays, 10 AM. 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.

Summer Programming Highlights Escape Room: Milky Way Adventure: Solve riddles and puzzles in order to escape from the magical Milky Way. For teens. Tuesday, June 18, 2 PM. Outer Space Science with Mad Science of Washington: Learn about the physics of space travel and experience cool demonstrations that highlight the technology used on missions. Thursday, June 20, 7 PM. Native Bees: Why They Matter and How to Support Them: Discover how to attract bees to your garden and help them thrive with bee houses and native plants. Saturday, June 22, 12 PM. Under the Sea with Marine Biologist Andrew Wilson: Take a dive into the ocean and meet live animals, such as a clownfish, a brownbanded bamboo shark, and a horseshoe crab. Thursday, June 27, 7 PM. Didgeridoo Down Under: This Australian-themed show combines music, culture, science, comedy, character-building, and audience participation. Friday, July 5, 7 PM. Think Like a Scientist: American Girl author and scientist Erin Teagan will share how being curious as a kid made her the scientist she is today and how the same curiosity inspires her writing for kids. Wednesday, July 10, 3 PM. iMovie Workshop: Teens will discover simple techniques to take cellphone videos from basic to brilliant. Thursday, July 11, 2 PM. First Mime on the Moon with Robert Rivest: Using mime, comedy, and interactive stories, Rivest delivers hilarious highlights of space travel, including the Apollo 11 moon landing. Thursday, July 11, 7 PM. 123 Andrés: Sing, dance and tap out rhythms as you practice some Spanish words with this Latin Grammy winner. Thursday, July 18, 7 PM. Aliens: Escape from Earth with ScienceTellers: Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure that uses science experiments for special effects. Thursday, July 25, 7 PM. Reptiles Alive!: A great introduction to the world of reptiles. Featured animals may include a boa or python, tortoise, and lizards. Thursday, Aug. 1, 7 PM.

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Brambleton Library Book Clubs Paperbacks & Pastries Adult Book Club “Hanging Mary,” by Susan Higginbotham It’s 1864 and widow Mary Surratt runs a small boardinghouse in Washington City. She’s also the woman who could have saved President Lincoln from assassination. Based on the true case of Mary Surratt, find out what stopped her in this gripping reimagining of Lincoln’s assassination. Monday, June 10, 7:30 PM. Next meetings: Mondays, July 8 and Aug. 12, 7:30 PM

Adult Book Club “Everything Here is Beautiful,” by Mira T. Lee The bond between Chinese-American sisters is tested by life events and mental illness. Thursday, June 20, 7 PM. Next meetings: Thursdays, July 18 and Aug. 15, 7 PM.

Summer Reading Program Get ready to blast off into an out-of-this-world adventure with Loudoun County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program! From Monday, June 10 through Monday, August 5, Loudoun libraries encourage you to ramp up your reading, discover more of the library’s resources, and explore your community. With this year’s “Explore Your Universe” theme, patrons can expect plenty of space-related programs for all ages. Children, teens, and adults can get in the game by completing challenges all summer long. To complete a challenge, you must read for 30 minutes, use a library resource, attend a library program, or go to a branch you have never visited. There are also a chances to complete challenges by visiting one of Loudoun’s parks and museums.

How to Participate 1. Register at any branch starting Monday, June 10 and pick up your Summer Reading Mission Log. 2. Complete challenges and log your progress. • 8 challenges = A free ice cream coupon • 16 challenges = A free book and an entry into the grand-prize drawing on Monday, Aug. 19 (prize packages valued at more than $200) 3. Turn in your Mission Log by Sunday, August 18. Learn more about Summer Reading and view a complete schedule of events at library.loudoun.gov.

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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. ƒƒ 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 Verizon Update The Association would like to thank all Brambleton residents for their time and patience as our community continues to progress through the equipment upgrade provided as part of the new Verizon bulk services agreement. We would also like to share the following updates: • As of mid-May 2019, Verizon has completed equipment conversions for over 1,800 homes, which account for approximately 49% of the total homes requiring conversion work. • Verizon has recognized that due to a system issue, discounts related to the equipment upgrade are not being automatically applied to several resident accounts. If you notice an increase in your Verizon FiOS bill amount relating to the upgrade, please contact Verizon at 800-501-1172 to request a billing review, and their team can place your account on a bill tracker to credit your account accordingly. Verizon is actively working to resolve this issue. New to Brambleton? Please contact Verizon 7-10 business days prior to your projected settlement date (but no more than 15 days beforehand). For residents moving into an existing home (FiOS-ready), the install order cannot be placed until 1 business day following the previous owner’s disconnect date. For more information regarding the conversion process, bulk agreement details, or Verizon’s contact information, please visit www.brambletonhoa.com/fios. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at hoa@brambleton.org or at (703) 542-6263.

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RESIDENT RESOURCES

BCA Resale Disclosure Packet

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

The available delivery timeframes are:

• Electronic (email) format - The link to access the electronic version is active for 180 days. To retain the document, it may be saved as a pdf.

• Standard - Packet is sent 14* calendar days from the order date. Fee is included.

• Printed (hardcopy) format • Update (available within 1 year of the initial order)

• Rush - If the Association is able to accommodate a rush order, the packet is sent 5* calendar days from the order date.

• Update with inspection (available within 1 year of the initial order) *Forms and payment must be received by 12 PM to count as first day. Forms received after 12 PM will be processed with the following day as the first day.

Notary Public Services

BCA Certificate of Insurance

BCA offers Notary Public services for residents. Here are a few tips to help make your notary experience easy:

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.

• 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 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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Lender Questionnaires

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

Assessment Account Payoff 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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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); 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

Brambleton Town Center

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

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

703-542-2925 www.brambleton.com/towncenter

Builder Information Builder Beazer Homes Centex/Pulte Homes Gulick Group Knutson Miller & Smith Stanley Martin Toll Brothers 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) 703-636-9210; WarrantyGroup@StanleyMartin.com; www.StanleyMartin.com (Contact Us) 571-291-8000; www.tollbrothers.com; www.mytollhome.com (Warranty) 703-348-5800; customercare@vanmetrehomes.com; www.vanmetrehomes.com 800-762-2408 (Winchester), 540-788-1114 (ProHome Metro DC); admin@prohomemetrodc.com; www.winchesterhomes.com

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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. Check for other available maps at www.brambletonhoa.com/maps.

BCA Pools Map Brambleton Community Association operates four pool complexes for Brambleton residents. These pools are available to all Brambleton Community Association property owners and Residences Condominium owners who are in good standing with the Association and to Summerfield residents who opt to purchase BCA pool membership. For more pool information, visit www.brambletonhoa. com/pools.

BCA's Pool Complexes: Brambleton Community Center Pool - 42645 Regal Wood Drive. 703-542-2943 Brambleton Corner Clubhouse & Pool - 42255 Palladian Blue Terrace. 703-327-7060 Beacon Crest Pool Residences Condominiums at 22650 Beacon Crest Terrace. 703-542-2220 Stratford Landing Pool - 23503 Quillback Court. 703-542-7360

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Dulles South Food Pantry Jan Taylor, Dulles South Food Pantry

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he Dulles South Food Pantry’s (DSFP) goal is to alleviate hunger in Loudoun County by soliciting, collecting, and distributing food through their pantry which is supported by a network of multi-faith institutions and community organizations. The DSFP is located at 24757 Evergreen Mills Road in Dulles. Thanks to the generosity and hard work of many local residents, the Pantry will be celebrating five years of “Neighbors Feeding Neighbors” this June. On opening day in 2014, the Pantry served seven families. This past November, on a single day, the Pantry served a record 186 families! In 2018, the Pantry was visited more than 13,785 times by local families and

distributed more than 245,275 lbs. of food. Some families come only once, while others continue to struggle. The Pantry is available for anyone who needs help in the Brambleton Community. The DSFP also provides “Backpack Buddies” weekend food bags to students at Brambleton Middle School and Goshen Post, Creighton’s Corner, Legacy, and Madison’s Trust Elementary Schools. It takes many volunteer hours and lots of donations to make this program run smoothly. For those of you that want to give back, but are not sure how or can’t find the time, a new program was launched at the Pantry in April. “A Simple Gesture” is a door-to-door food collection program that provides non-perishable food to the Pantry. They provide a cool green bag to those who would like to participate, which is filled up every other month, picked up by DSFP volunteers, and

delivered to the Pantry. The next pick up date is Saturday, August 3rd. Please visit https://dsfp.org/asimplegesture/ to learn more and sign your family up! To celebrate the Five-Year Anniversary of the DSFP, the Brambleton community has decided to hold a Food Drive from Tuesday, June 11th through Friday, June 28th to benefit the Pantry. Donation bins will be located in the Brambleton Welcome Center. Residents are encouraged to fulfill the Pantry’s motto of “Neighbors Feeding Neighbors” and drop off food donations. In particular, the Pantry is in need of: • 1-pound and 2-pound bags of rice • Bags of dry beans and lentils • Tomato sauce • Tomato paste • Breakfast items, such as oatmeal, pancake mix, and breakfast bars • Jelly We know our Brambleton community will step up to support this local cause that benefits our residents! To learn more, please visit the DSFP website at https://dsfp.org/.

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Independence High School John G. Gabriel, Principal - Independence High School

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t’s a bit of a paradox. We yearn for the past and relish retro things, but we love our new things. New clothes, new technology, new houses. We fall in love quickly with new things, especially so when they have that “new” smell. Our love affair with new things, though, is superficial for the most part. As exciting as a new phone or a new jacket is, there is no emotional weight to them. But a new school? Well, that is different. New schools check all the boxes for us: they offer something different, they are shiny, they are clean, and they even have that new smell that we so crave. But new schools elicit a deeper emotion than phones, cars, or carpets. A new school represents hope; it represents a new beginning to some, an opportunity to create a legacy for others. It embodies all the best that we wish for our students and for ourselves. When all is said and done, a new school is ultimately just brick and mortar, like a phone is just chips and processors. However, what makes a new school different is the life and spirit that we breathe into it. And that is the allure of a new school: the spirit surrounding it and the spirit that will be infused into it. When I have been asked why I left John Champe High School to open Independence High School, that spirit is what I talk about. The excitement of a new school is infectious, and the Brambleton community has caught it! Brambleton has a neighborhood school in its backyard again, and it is an anchor and touchstone for the entire community. And when coupled with the successful opening of Brambleton Middle School, with which it shares its site,

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why wouldn’t there be excitement for Independence?

which is very special and something they will not forget.

And excitement is high not just in the community overall, but also among students. I hear from and talk with students daily, and they regularly share how they can’t wait to get to Independence! They understand that they are about to be part of something special, something that is bigger than them. They will be the authors of Independence’s history, setting it on the path towards being the standard for the county. Even students who have attended three or four schools over just as many years understand that Independence is home; it is their final stop in Loudoun County. As a result, they have the privilege of being able to help shape its traditions and climate as it blazes a path forward.

In moving forward to our opening, I am excited to work with students to turn Independence into a place where students want to be and not just have to go. With our Student Council Association elected and ambassador groups in place, I look forward to working with them to hear more about their hopes and aspirations. We already have plans in place for them to make their mark on Independence, and I’m excited for them to do so and to share their efforts with the community.

Moreover, I’m often asked if there is an advantage to being at a new school, and I always reply with a resounding “Yes!” With a smaller student body, there are more chances for leadership positions, increased opportunities to start on a varsity team, possibilities of creating something new, and so on. Because of our growth in Loudoun, we sometimes take opening a new school for granted. However, it really is a unique experience for a student to put on her college application if she was a school leader or had a hand in shaping her school’s traditions and culture. In fact, when I opened John Champe High School, many seniors shared their experience opening a new school in their college application essays and personal statements, setting them apart from students in other high schools. But perhaps more importantly, or at least sentimentally, the rising juniors will be the first graduating class,

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But we cannot embark on this journey alone! We need Brambleton’s help to assist us in our efforts. With the generous support of the Soave Real Estate Group, some of that has already been realized. I look forward to working with other partners in Brambleton, and their assistance will be crucial as we still have significant needs to be met. And the final component to our success is parent engagement, whether it is running for office in a parent group like band or athletics boosters, volunteering for a fundraiser for the PTO, or even just lending a hand in smaller ways. We have an incredible staff assembled at Independence. I am struck by their talent, their credentials, and their willingness to make Independence an amazing school. Moreover, their important work is already well underway, and I am thankful for their efforts. With the students, the community, and parents in line with them all lifting at the same time, Independence will be the pride of Brambleton.


SAFETY & SECURITY

Water Safety Around Brambleton Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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hen the weather turns warm, everyone is attracted to the water. Whether its Brambleton’s ponds, waterfalls, or pools, there are known risks and certain safety precautions that should be followed while around bodies of water. Water Smarts Learn to Swim: For you and your family’s health and welfare, everyone should know how to swim. Knowing how to swim has many advantages; most importantly, it could save your life one day. Consider taking swim lessons if you want to become a better swimmer. Buddy Up: Whenever you are near a body of water, always have a partner nearby. Even experienced swimmers can have accidents or medical problems while in or near a body of water. Know your Limits: Regardless of whether you are swimming, walking on the water’s edge, fishing, or doing other recreational activities around water, know your limits. Fatigue is one of the leading causes of accidents in and around water. Also, be aware of your limits and the hazards related to consuming alcohol around bodies of water. Water, Agua, H2O: Remember to hydrate! Drink plenty of water when you are active under the hot summer sun, regardless of where you are.

Pool Smarts Parent Responsibilities: The first line of defense for a child’s safety while at the pool is their parent. Parents should always remain an arm’s length away from their child if they can’t swim or are learning to swim, regardless of the depth of the water. Lifeguards should be seen as a secondary line of defense and only be used to assist the parent with their child’s safety. Remember the “25:10 Rule”; if your child can’t swim 25 yards by themselves, parents should remain 10 feet away from them at all times. Know and Follow the Pool Rules: Pool rules are posted for everyone’s safety and education. They are also in place to enhance your pool experience. Please review the rules and share them with your child so everyone is aware of proper and safe behaviors while at the pool. Rules can be found at every pool and at www.brambletonhoa.com/pools. See Something You Don’t Like? Residents are asked to immediately report all unsafe or hazardous conditions to the pool manager. Regardless of the severity or sensitivity of the concern or condition, prompt reporting can reduce the chance of an accident or injury. Pond Smarts The Three No’s: Swimming, boating, and ice skating are not permitted on ponds. Please stay out of and off the water.

Fishing is permitted from the shoreline on a catch-and-release basis. Please see that all state licensing requirements are met when fishing. Where’s your Child? Community ponds and waterfalls are considered an attractive nuisance. BCA often receives calls from concerned residents about small children near pond edges with no supervision. Please educate your children about pond hazards and the need for supervision while near them. Residents are also encouraged to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff ’s Office if they see any non-supervised smaller children around the ponds. Hidden Treasures: Our ponds are also considered a protected natural resource. A variety of wildlife call the ponds home, including snakes, snapping turtles, geese, heron, beavers, fish, and insects. Some of these creatures have their own hazards associated with them. Please respect wildlife and their habitats. Rock Climbing: Brambleton’s waterfalls incorporate numerous rocks. Residents should not climb the stacked waterfall rocks due to their related hazards. These waterfalls were created for aesthetic purposes, not recreational. Contact the Association at operations@ brambleton.org or 703-542-6263 if you have any questions or concerns about the pools, ponds, or other water features located throughout the community.

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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.

#Bramlife Minute We launched this video series in May 2017 to inform residents about everything happening in Brambleton. These videos cover topics including community news, events, and programming. We post our #Bramlife Minute videos on our website, our Facebook page, and our YouTube page, so there are multiple places for you to catch up on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 at the BCA management office. If you would like to view a digital version of our March 2019 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.

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.

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

Spotlight: Legacy Elementary School If you drive by Legacy Elementary School, you will notice a new, beautiful sign located in front of the school by Legacy Park Drive. This sign replaced the original digital sign which began malfunctioning as the digital components began to age. Former Principal Matt Dickersheid researched fixing the sign or installing a new digital sign, but he soon realized that fixing the sign wasn't feasible and that the cost of a new digital sign would be close to $20,000. Mr. Dickersheid then looked into installing a different, non-digital sign. He reached out to Quail Run Signs, a Hamilton-based company with a strong reputation for building high-quality signs. Dickersheid felt like the new sign should function more like a piece of artwork than just a sign, reflecting the values and lifestyle of the Brambleton community. When Sabina Henderson passed away, her father and family blessed Legacy ES with direct donations to the Legacy PTO in her name. Mr. Dickersheid had been wanting to do something special to honor Sabina, and the new sign appeared to be a great opportunity to do so. He discussed this possibility with John Ralph, the owner of Quail Run Signs, who became even more excited about the opportunity to build the new sign in her honor. With the idea to recognize Sabina in mind, Mr. Dickersheid spoke with Sabinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father to make sure that he was okay with honoring her as a part of the new sign. He was beyond thrilled about the sign and supported the endeavor, even giving his input on the sign mockups. Dickersheid felt that it was important to stay connected to Sabinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family throughout the entire installation process, and he was touched that the Hendersons provided him with the opportunity to recognize Sabina in a memorable way. The new sign was installed at the end of March 2019. A smaller sign was also installed at the front entrance of the school which is intended to be used as a growth marker where families can take pictures of their kids and track them as they grow. Furthermore, Mr. Dickersheid recognized the significance of the original sign and drafted plans to potentially reuse the leftover signage in the interior entrance of the school. These plans are currently on hold, but the original signage has been saved for future use. Legacy Elementary School will continue to honor the past, present, and future of the school while serving those who make Brambleton a wonderful place to call home.

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

Stacey Gleave

As a Resident Services Advisor, Stacey promptly responds to resident inquiries and provides assistance with all office activities and general administration. She has recently relocated from Colorado with her family and is excited to embrace all that Brambleton and the surrounding area has to offer. Stacey received her B.A. in History and a J.D. in Law from Brigham Young University. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, sports, and traveling.

Felecia Kluzinski

Felecia helps enforce and uphold Brambletonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high standards as one of our Community Standards Advisors. A nine year resident of Ashburn, Felecia comes to us with a background in real estate, insurance, and project coordination. When not in the office, Felecia enjoys celebrating life with family and friends. She also enjoys vacations, movies, and staying healthy and fit.

Ariel Miller

As a Resident Services Advisor, Ariel provides administrative assistance and responds promptly to resident inquiries. With her friendly demeanor and can-do spirit, she is a great addition to the Brambleton team. Ariel is a graduate of The College of Wooster with a degree in Communication Studies. She resides in Brambleton and enjoys time with family and friends, the city life of D.C., and traveling throughout the country.

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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 BCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s common areas, pools, or other facilities.

Communitystandards@ brambleton.org

To request attention to a concern or to request information about BCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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!

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.

Important Disclaimers

42395 Ryan Road, Suite 210, Brambleton, VA 20148

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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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