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Brambleton Growing Families. Building Community. Connecting Life.

Brambleton Community Association Quarterly Publication

Enjoy the Outdoors

Summer 2021

www.brambletonhoa.com

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Three Steps for Building a Great Relationship with Your Child Care Provider Many parents agree that finding the right child care provider can be a nerve-wracking and lengthy process. Even when you’ve found the right provider, it can still be difficult to leave your child in someone else’s care. But forming a good relationship with your child’s teachers and child care team can help bring you peace of mind and even improve your child’s learning experience. “Children benefit from consistent, safe and nurturing environments, which is what we strive to provide at Primrose®. We also make every effort to partner with parents to extend and reinforce learning at home through daily updates, weekly classroom schedules, at-home resources and more,” says Mike Hummer, Franchise Owner of Primrose School at Moorefield Station. “This ultimately helps us foster mutual respect and open communication between home and school.” At Primrose School at Moorefield Station, a high-quality early education and care provider, teachers work closely with parents to support children’s development and learning. However, building trusted relationships still requires some effort from all involved. To build and maintain a great partnership with your family’s child care provider or your child’s teacher, consider the following:

comprehensive Safe School Plan and an exclusive approach, called Balanced Learning®, which offers a balance of purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers. Choosing a provider you feel good about and trust will bring you peace of mind, and a great parent-teacher relationship will likely form more naturally. Make communication a priority. It’s important to invest in your relationship with your child care provider as they help your child learn and grow. Talk regularly with your child’s teacher to provide helpful information about your child, ask what you can do at home to support your child’s development and share your appreciation for what’s going well in the classroom. At Primrose, parents receive reports about their child’s school day, photos from the classroom, resources to use at home and reminders about upcoming activities through an electronic communications system called 360Connect. Address concerns immediately. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s care, discuss them with the teacher or school director as soon as possible. If there is a problem, it can’t be solved unless someone knows about it, and providers would prefer to know if something upsets you before it becomes a bigger issue. By sharing your concerns when they arise, you can work together to find a solution.

Do your homework. To help find the right provider for your family, spend time researching different options and considering factors that are important to you, like school safety and early learning approach. Primrose has a

Learn about the Primrose Schools Balanced Learning approach and Primrose School at Moorefield Station by visiting PrimroseMoorefieldStation.com or calling 703.726.9306. 1

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High-Quality Preschool Experiences Lead to Future Success in School and Life


A MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

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OVID-19 vaccines are readily available, warmer weather is finally here, and I’m ready to get outdoors with my friends and neighbors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health are also moving in that direction by lifting outdoor mask and group size restrictions. We are all eager to enjoy the summer season responsibly and safely. Brambleton Community Association continues to monitor CDC recommendations and VDH mandates to protect the health and safety of the Brambleton community. This is especially true of our Lifestyles department, which has excelled at adjusting its events and programs to align with these ever-changing mandates and guidelines. This year, BCA has successfully held the Egg Hunt on the Trail; Step, Shred & Shed; Spring Yard Sale; and Spring Neighborhood Campout events; launched our Food Truck Fridays; and hosted the EatLoco Farmers Market. With the threat of COVID-19 continuing to lessen, we are excited to provide even more offerings to the community as we enter the summer season and beyond. This summer, Neighborhood Pop-up Movies and Concerts will return at

multiple locations in Brambleton. We expect to allow at least 250 residents, if not more, at a time to attend these events. BCA also recently launched its new Block Party Trailer. This trailer is available for residents to rent and is stuffed full of games and other items that make hosting the perfect neighborhood party a breeze. Additionally, Brambleton pools are now open and ready for residents to enjoy. We are currently operating the pools at a maximum capacity of 75%, with limited pool furniture provided at this time. Limited guests are allowed when exceeding capacity limits is not a concern. Masks are required at all times in bathhouses or when entering or exiting facilities. Proper social distancing is also required as well. These operating procedures will continue to be adjusted as mandates are modified. We are hopeful that by July, our pools will be operating very closely to what we considered “normal” in previous years. Furthermore, Brambleton parks and trails remain popular and heavily enjoyed by our residents. Safety at our parks and trails remains a top priority. The Association recently installed trail etiquette signs throughout the community to remind residents of how to use

our beloved trails properly and safely. Please always share the trail and remember that users have varying abilities, speeds, and needs. On a more personal note, I want to welcome Filling Co Gas & Grub to Brambleton. Our community is almost 20 years old and finally has its first gas station that also offers delicious food and friendly service. Having previously visited the other Filling Co in Ashburn, I recommend trying their cheesesteaks and Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches in particular. Save some room for Himalayan Wild Yak and Rebel Taco Cantina when they open later this year as well. As we look forward to the fall, plans are in the works to celebrate Brambleton’s 20th anniversary and bring festivals and larger events back to the community. Stay tuned for more exciting details in the coming months by visiting www.brambletonhoa.com and keeping up with the Friday Flash. 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 Brian Viola President

Samarendra Nandi Vice President

Jordan Crotty Treasurer

Susan Wolford Secretary

Anand Mohan Dharmapuri Director

Rosemarie Linder Director

Pat Martin Director

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

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Enjoy the Outdoors A MESSAGE FROM RICK STONE, GENERAL MANAGER Brambleton Community Association is excited to provide a variety of fun events and programs this summer and to support the responsible enjoyment of Brambleton pools, parks, and trails.

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

Rick Stone General Manager, PCAM, LSM

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

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BCA Considers Options for Permanent Facilities

Rock Your Block This Summer

BY RICK STONE

BY CHRISTINE ELANSARY

BCA is reviewing options for permanent Management Office and Park Operations & Services facilities.

Our recently-launched Block Party Trailer allows residents to celebrate their neighborhoods in new ways.

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ARTICLES

MEETINGS

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MESSAGE FROM THE GM

Summer Camps

BCA Board of Directors: Aug. 3 at 6 PM

Enjoy the Outdoors

Community Technology Committee: July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 at 7 PM

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EatLoco Brambleton Farmers Market

BCA Board of Directors

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Events Committee: July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1 at 8 PM

BCA Committees

Covenants Committee: July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13 at 7 PM

Ground Works: Summer Activity

Youth Athletics: The Importance of Strength Training

Brambleton Trail Safety & Etiquette

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SAFETY & SECURITY

Grounds & Facilities Committee: July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 at 7 PM

BCA Summer Ring Promotion

Safety & Security Committee: Aug. 17 at 7 PM

BCA Considers Options for Permanent Facilities

LCSO #9PM Routine

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COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Water, Water, Everywhere

Love Where You Live!

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RESIDENT RESOURCES

Assessment Payment Options

Resales & PUD Questionnaire

Important Contact Information

BCA Pools Map

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Brambleton Pool Hours

Brambleton Bettas Schedule

Pool Safety Rules

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Summer 2021 Events

Food Truck Fridays

Rock Your Block This Summer

Financial Advisory Committee: June 22, July 27, Aug. 24 at 7:30 PM

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COMMUNITY VOICES

Bring Your Own Bags

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Resident Spotlight: Eric Slauson

BCA Communications

New Face on the BCA Team

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HOW TO REACH US

DMV Connect Can’t get to DMV? DMV is coming to you! DMV Connect will be visiting Brambleton over the next few months in place of the DMV2GO mobile office unit. Dates and appointment registration instructions will be provided at www.brambletonhoa.com/dmvconnect, on the BCA Facebook page, and in the Friday Flash. DMV Connect offers: • REAL ID

• Vehicle registrations

• Drivers’ licenses

• E-ZPass transponders

• ID cards (adult and child)

• Compliance summaries

• Disabled parking placards

• Transcripts

• Vehicle titles

• Hunting and fishing licenses

• Address changes

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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 April 6, 2021, and took the following actions in accordance with its governing documents, state statute, and federal laws:

April 2021 Board Meeting: ƒ Approved the February 2021 Board Meeting Minutes. ƒ Adopted a Consent Agenda to streamline future Board meetings. ƒ Approved the installation of Trail Etiquette signs throughout Brambleton trails. ƒ Approved staff to send a letter to the Developer on behalf of the Board to discuss location options for the Association’s future Park Services Facility and the transfer of six parcels to Brambleton Community Association. ƒ Approved the 2021 Reserve Study update with Miller Dodson and authorized the General Manager to sign the proposal on the Board’s behalf. ƒ Approved the appointment of several residents as members of the Covenants Committee and the Financial Advisory Committee. ƒ Approved the Chadwick Washington Legal Retainer Agreement. ƒ Denied several exterior modification appeals related to privacy screenings, common area encroachment, and a permanent basketball hoop.

UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS

ƒ Directed staff to negotiate with property owner on a parcel for the future BCA Park Services Facility. Such offer shall include significant time for a feasibility study and concept plan.

August 3 at 6:00 PM, BCA Management Office

ƒ Approved the use of temporary above-ground pools for summer 2021. Copies of the completed and approved meeting minutes can be requested at hoa@brambleton.org.

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


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BCA Committees COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE Responsibility: Advising the Board on issues, concerns, and recommendations pertaining to technology issues that impact the greater community. Meetings: First Tuesday of each month at 7 PM. Upcoming meetings: 7/6, 8/3, 9/7 Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/communitytech

EVENTS COMMITTEE Responsibility: Advising the Board and BCA staff on issues pertaining to new event idea development, developing ideas for volunteer and sponsorship programs, and more. Meetings: First Wednesday of each month at 8 PM. Upcoming meetings: 7/7, 8/4, 9/1 Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/eventscommittee

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

GROUNDS & FACILITIES COMMITTEE Responsibility: Advising the Board on issues related to rules, policies, maintenance, upkeep, and the use of the common grounds and facilities. Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month at 7 PM. Upcoming meetings: 7/13, 8/10, 9/14 Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/grounds

SAFETY & SECURITY COMMITTEE Responsibility: Serving as a resource for residents with concerns and making recommendations to the Board regarding safety and security matters in Brambleton. Meetings: Third Tuesday of every other month at 7 PM. Upcoming meetings: 8/17 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: 6/22, 7/27, 8/24 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

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Ground Works: Summer 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 Fertilizer & Weed Control: A turf application will be applied to common areas throughout the community in June/July. This application will be for broadleaf weed control. Irrigation: Irrigation services are underway and will continue through September (weather dependent). Mowing & Edging: Mowing and edging services are underway and will be completed by mid-November (weather dependent). Pond Maintenance: Our pond contractor will be on-site every week performing maintenance tasks at our community ponds through December. Trash & Litter Removal: Our Operations team performs several common area trash sweeps every month.

Townhome Grounds Maintenance Program Fertilizer & Weed Control: Summer turf application will be applied in June/July. This will be a spot treatment of broadleaf weed control. Mowing & Edging: Mowing and edging services are underway and will be completed by mid-November (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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Brambleton Trail Safety & Etiquette

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rambleton’s 15 miles of trails are the community’s most popular recreational amenity. On any given day, hundreds of residents (and nonresidents) of all ages and abilities can be seen walking, running, biking, exercising, skating, or scootering on our beautiful, shared-use trail network. Every user should observe basic trail etiquette in order to ensure that everyone can safely use the trails. The evolution and popularity of ebikes (electric bicycles) have recently impacted our trails. E-bikes typically weigh three to four times more than the typical bike and can travel at speeds greater than 25 mph. These characteristics can create dangerous situations on shared-use trails. E-bikes must be operated safely and responsibly according to these rules: • E-bike owners and operators must yield to all others when using the trails. • E-bikes shall not travel at speeds greater than 10 mph on trails. • Loudoun County Ordinance 46.2908.1 prohibits e-bikes from being operated by persons under 14 years old, unless they are under the immediate supervision of a person who is at least 18 years old. These rules also apply to motorized skateboards and scooters. Electric or gas-powered golf carts, ATVs/UTVs, cars, trucks, and motorcycles/dirt bikes are prohibited on the trails. Brambleton Community Association has installed Happy Trails Checklist signs at trails to improve safety and bring awareness to basic trail etiquette. Although these signs provide helpful reminders, all trail users should also be aware of the trail guidelines. Enjoy our trails and stay safe!

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Brambleton Trail Guidelines Trail users are responsible for following the guidelines below, knowing the limits of their abilities, and following the rules specific to the trail they are on. 1. Brambleton trails and adjacent common areas are for the exclusive use of BCA owners, residents, and their guests. 2. Safety is of primary concern to the Association and its members. All persons using the trails and adjacent common areas do so at their own risk and agree to abide by the guidelines for the use of these facilities. BCA assumes no responsibility for any accident or injury in connection with such use or any loss or damage to personal property. Residents (members and tenants) are responsible for the actions of their children and guests. 3. Trails are intended for shared use by pedestrians, runners, bicyclists, skaters, scooter riders, and wheelchair users. The maximum speed for all users shall not exceed 10 mph. 4. Wheels yield to heels; yield from fastest to slowest. Bikers yield to everyone, skaters and scooter riders yield to joggers/walkers, and joggers yield to walkers. 5. Bicyclists are required to wear helmets per Loudoun County Ordinance. 6. Motorized vehicles and horses are prohibited on the trails and adjacent common areas. BCA authorized maintenance vehicles will be permitted on trails as deemed necessary. 7. Trail users shall travel on the right side of the trail, leaving room for other users to pass on the left safely. Remind from behind.

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8. Trails shall only be accessed from designated areas. Residential lots shall not be used to access the trails without owners’ permission. 9. Always use Brambleton’s trails with a family member(s) or friend(s). 10. Loitering and inappropriate behavior are prohibited. Users and adjacent owners should immediately report all suspicious activity to the Loudoun County Sheriff ’s Office at 703-777-1021. 11. Smoking and intoxicants are prohibited. 12. Pets shall remain on a leash and under the handler’s control while on the trail. Six-foot, non-retractable leashes are recommended. The handler shall immediately remove and properly dispose of all solid waste generated by their pet(s). 13. Many trails are adjacent to natural areas and wetlands which contains wildlife. Trail users should be alert and cautious of possible wildlife. Users should also remain outside of all posted wetlands and related buffer areas. Admire nature; don’t pick it or feed it. 14. In addition to these specific rules, all other BCA rules and regulations and Loudoun County Ordinances apply to the trails. 15. Group, commercial, or for-profit use of the trail system is prohibited without proper permits from the Association. Non-permitted use of the common area and trail system could be considered illegal or in violation of BCA rules and may be subjected to related fees. 16. BCA is responsible for maintaining the trail system and asks all users to immediately report any maintenance and hazardous concerns to operations@brambleton.org.


INSIDE BCA

Happy Trails Checklist Trails open for use from Dawn to Dusk

Safety First – Maximum Speed 10 mph • Use trails in a safe manner; do not exceed maximum speed. • Park bikes, scooters, and skateboards to the side of the trail when not in use. • Leave the trail open when stopping or taking a break. • Golf carts, ATVs/UTVs, and gas motor vehicles are prohibited

Wheels Yield to Heels Yield from fastest to slowest. Bikers yield to everyone, skaters yield to joggers/walkers, and joggers yield to walkers. Share the trail.

Keep Right, Pass on the Left Be courteous when sharing the trails with your neighbors – there’s enough room for everyone.

Remind From Behind Pass on the left and announce yourself to your neighbor – a gentle “On your left” works well.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings Look and listen. Who else is around you? Is your hearing impacted by earbuds/headphones? Stay alert.

Happy and Healthy Tails Owners must clean up after their dogs. Leash your dog; 6-foot, non-retractable leashes are ideal for control on busy trails.

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BCA Considers Options for Permanent Facilities Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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rambleton is essentially a town or small city. In fact, Brambleton has more residents than the incorporated towns of Hamilton, Hillsboro, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville, and Round Hill collectively. Brambleton Community Association also performs many similar services as towns. These include road maintenance, parks and recreation operation, stormwater management, land conservation, community standards administration (zoning and enforcement), and assessment (tax) collection. Towns typically provide these services through town halls and maintenance facilities, which are two facilities that BCA currently does not own. Over the past 20 years, BCA has operated out of temporary and leased spaces. Our first Management Office, or “town hall”, was established in the basement of the original Community Center on Regal Wood Drive. We were then fortunate to move to the center’s main floor for a couple of years before moving to our current leased location at the Brambleton Town Center. Additionally, our Operations team members have worked out of three temporary facilities over the past 15 years, and use of

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our current site will likely come to an end this fall. BCA has considered its options for permanent facilities for years. We have attempted to work with the Developer to develop solutions that work for the Association’s needs and are also fiscally beneficial. BCA’s longstanding capital improvement accounts have generated a $2.1M fund for facilities such as these. The BCA Board of Directors believes it is time to plan and construct facilities that will address the operational needs of the Association. There are several possible locations for both permanent facilities. For the BCA Management Office (or town hall), the Board will consider the benefits and disadvantages of converting one of our existing community facilities (Community Center or Corner Clubhouse) or the future Fifth Pool Site to an office. They will evaluate the long-term feasibility of each option in addition to its impact on the Brambleton community. Similarly, the Board also needs to find a home for a Park Operations and Services facility. This facility will function as a base to park BCA service

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vehicles (trucks, trailers, etc.) and also store equipment and supplies for our Operations and Lifestyles departments. The Association is currently in the process of reviewing and considering several parcels, including existing and future common areas, the Commuter Lot, and parcels within and near Brambleton that are for sale. There are pros, cons, and limitations to each option. Some of these options are likely to be ruled out immediately or in the near future. The best solution would likely be to purchase land that already contains the proper zoning layout. A feasibility/due diligence study will be performed as part of any parcel selection. The process to determine permanent Management Office and Operations facility locations is a significant undertaking by the Board and BCA staff. The timeline to evaluate, design, permit, and build these facilities will likely take up to two years. It is essential that all aspects of these projects are considered and that Brambleton residents provide their input. Residents can attend Board meetings or email hoa@brambleton.org to voice their views. BCA will continue to provide facility development updates at www.brambletonhoa.com.


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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

School Weekdays (6/1–15; 8/26–9/2):

4:30 PM to 8:00 PM

School Weekends/Holidays:

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Summer:

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.

Pool Hours

School Weekdays (closed 6/1–15, open 8/26–9/2): 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM

School Weekends/Holidays:

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Summer Weekdays (6/16–7/30):

11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Summer Weekdays (8/2–25):

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.

Pool Hours

School Weekdays:

4:30 PM to 8:00 PM

School Weekends/Holidays:

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Summer:

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 8:00 PM

School Weekends/Holidays:

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Summer:

10:00 AM to 8:00 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: Ŧ Evening Practices – Weekdays, 4:00 - 8:30 PM. June 1 through June 15. Ŧ Morning Practices – Weekdays, 7:00 - 11:00 AM. June 16 through July 30. • Meets at Community Center: Ŧ Saturday Time Trials – June 12: 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Ŧ Wednesday Meets – June 16, July 21: 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Ŧ Saturday Meets – June 26, July 10, July 17: 7:00 - 11:00 AM.

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 diapers with rubber pants or swim diapers; such devices should be properly fitting. The following COVID-19 safety guidelines are subject to change. Visit www.brambletonhoa.com for the most recent updates. • Limited pool furniture (lounges and chairs) will be provided at pools until further notice. Patrons can bring their own furniture. • Bathhouses, doors, and other commonly touched surfaces will be frequently disinfected. Hand sanitizer stations are located at each pool. • Masks should be worn while in pool bathhouses and when entering or exiting facilities. • Proper social distancing and hygiene practices are required while at the pools. Anyone who is not feeling well or has an illness should not visit the pools. Pool patrons should wash their hands frequently. A complete copy of the pool rules is posted at each pool and is available on the BCA website. For more information about Brambleton’s pools, please contact us at operations@brambleton.org or call 703-542-6263.

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LIFESTYLES

JULY, AUGUST, & SEPTEMBER

Summer 2021 Events

July 2, 16, 30: Neighborhood Pop-Up Concert 7:30 - 9:30 PM

July 23: Neighborhood Pop-Up Movie Dusk - 11:00 PM

August 13: Neighborhood Pop-Up Concert 7:30 - 9:30 PM

August 27: Neighborhood Pop-Up Movie Dusk - 11:00 PM

Sept. 4: Neighborhood Block Party 4:00 - 11:00 PM

Sept. 12: Doggone Wild Pool Party 2:00 - 6:00 PM

Dates/times subject to change

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LIFESTYLES

Rock Your Block This Summer Christine Elansary - Community Engagement Manager

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othing says summer like a neighborhood block party. As a resident of Brambleton since 2003, I fondly remember the block parties our family and neighbors had on Portico Place when Brambleton was a new community. Tables and tents lined the pipestem, neighbors signed up for food and drinks to share, and everyone was happy to be outdoors. Dozens of kids rode bikes and scooters and played manhunt, cops and robbers, and hide and seek for hours. The festivities lasted well into the evening, leaving most cleanup duties for the next morning. My kids would turn in for the evening filthy, exhausted, and ready to do it all over again. As Brambleton grew, kids became older, and lives got busier, the block parties winded down. Our kids still made it

outside every day after school, but most weekends were filled with travel sports or other activities. Homes were being rapidly sold around us, the Town Center was being built, and before we knew it, Brambleton seemed like a small city. While it has been amazing to see the growth in Brambleton over the past 18 years, I often reminisce about the days when everyone knew each other at community events. Lantana Park (behind the Community Center) was the original location of our Fall Festival, and the old amphitheater off Olympia Drive was home to the Summer Concert Series. We’ve adapted over the years to bring a variety of exciting events to our extensive and welcoming community, but we also want to enable residents to kick back and enjoy time with their families and neighbors.

In an effort to bring back a sense of community in a smaller, intimate setting, Brambleton Community Association has created a Block Party Trailer for resident use. With the generous sponsorship of the Brambleton Town Center, BCA was able to purchase the trailer and its contents and install a beautiful, professional wrap. The trailer contains everything needed to throw an amazing block party, and residents will be able to reserve it for their block or neighborhood this summer. Residents on Regal Wood Drive recently took the trailer for a test drive, and people were very excited about it. Kids on the street enjoyed competing in the giant “Connect Four” game, using the parachute, playing spikeball, and singing karaoke. The grill was a hit and was loaded up with hamburgers and hot dogs throughout the evening. Other items provided in the trailer include cornhole boards, coolers, canopy tents, tables, chairs, trash cans, and more. With COVID-19 restrictions continuing to be lifted, BCA encourages residents to safely take advantage of this new trailer, get outdoors, and enjoy time with family and neighbors. For more information about the Block Party Trailer, visit www.brambletonhoa.com/ blockpartytrailer or contact events@ brambleton.org.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Youth Athletics: The Importance of Strength Training Bobby Quarantillo - Owner, Q Athletics

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oudoun County is a very competitive region in youth sports and beyond. Q Athletics and their trainers have been training athletes in Loudoun County for over 18 years. Over this time, we have realized there are two major factors in helping our clients reach their goals. The first factor is motivation. Every client has to have motivating factors and set short-term and long-term goals. A big part of our job as trainers is to create accountability for the athletes we work with. This is the primary reason clients are more successful when working with trainers as opposed to working out on their own. The second factor is consistency. No

Youth athletes performing training exercises during Q Athletics sessions.

matter the age of the client, sticking to a program and being patient is crucial. The Formula for Speed Speed is the skill that has become the most important aspect of athletics over the last decade. There are two ways in which an athlete can become faster. The first is through improving their strength. An athlete will not reach her or his full potential if they are not strength training. Strength training should be based on age and experience. An athlete should not hold a weight in their hands until they can complete a series of functional movements (squat, deadlift, lunge, push, pull, and rotate) with their own body weight. Once they achieve this benchmark, it is then time to add an “external load”, which could be a dumbbell, barbell, kettlebell, or any other training device they have access to. Ground force is measured by how hard an athlete strikes the ground while running. The more force an athlete can create, the faster they will be. The second way an athlete can become faster is by improving their running

form. Proper running form is a compound, head-to-toe movement that cannot have energy gaps and must be efficient. Actions like tucking your chin, pumping your arms at the correct angle, having a high knee drive, and landing correctly are all important aspects of running form. Q Athletics Services The Q Athletics Mobile Gym is back in Brambleton this summer. Our sprinter van is loaded with strength, speed, and agility equipment, and we offer small group training sessions to neighborhood athletes between the ages of 12 and 18. Our classes are capped at eight athletes and grouped by age to ensure proper attention is given to every athlete. Every program will consist of initial speed, strength, and explosive testing to set a baseline for each athlete. We will then test athletes again at the end of the session (typically 8-12 weeks) to quantify improvements in each aspect of our program. If your son or daughter is looking to become the best athlete they can be, we are here to help. For more information, please email us at bobby. qathleticclub@gmail.com.

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BCA Summer Ring Promotion From June 18 to June 28, 2021, Brambleton residents can enjoy an exclusive offer from Ring for $40 off Ring Video Doorbells, Alarms, and Security Cameras. Simply follow these instructions: 1. Visit www.ring.com and choose from the following eligible products: • Video Doorbell Pro, Video Doorbell Elite, Spotlight Cams, Floodlight Cam, Stick Up Cams (Solar & Elite), and Alarm Security Kit 5-Piece 2. Ship to your Brambleton address (using 20148 zip code) 3. Use the promo code cpp-20148-Brambleton

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Water, Water, Everywhere Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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omeowners often deal with drainage problems in their yards at some point. Soggy, wet, and puddling areas in your yard that rarely dry out can cause issues that impact the use and enjoyment of your yard. There are many reasons why areas in your yard can remain soggy or retain water, including an improperly sloped or pitched yard, grade changes such as improvements or landscape beds, a frequently running sump pump, irrigation systems, air conditioner condensate lines, gutter downspouts, a wet spring, or other contributors. Homeowners facing these issues need to find solutions to improve the conditions of their yards without negatively impacting their neighbors’ yards or Brambleton common areas. Brambleton Community Association staff is often asked to investigate various types of drainage issues. Some of these issues originate in common areas, while others start on the homeowner’s lot. When assessing the problem, the first thing we do is determine the source of the water. In some cases, fixing the problem is as easy as having the homeowner repair a leaking irrigation line or head. Staff has also found many instances where the homeowner or an adjacent neighbor is simply overwatering their yard. In these cases, the solution is to simply reduce the watering time of their irrigation system. Established turf typically only needs to be watered twice a week for 20–30 minutes in the spring and early fall; watering every other day is adequate during the summer. Preventing overwatering will improve the turf's roots and overall lawn health.

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Other issues, such as frequently running sump pumps or continuously dripping condensate lines, are more challenging to address and require significant action to manage correctly. Often, a homeowner's first action to “correct” drainage issues on their lot is to run a pipe extension from their property onto a common area. This does not address the problem; it merely pushes the problem to the adjacent property. Therefore, the Association does not consider this to be a proper solution. The issue needs to be addressed on the property where the water originates. So, what other options are available to a homeowner? There are a variety of ways property owners can adequately manage drainage issues on their lot. Lot regrading; the installation of French drains, dry wells, or rain gardens; or a combination of these actions can sufficiently address concerns while not pushing the problem onto someone else. • The ground often settles over time. Lot regrading or backfilling low spots can address concerns of pooling or puddling water. This is usually a good first step that requires minimal time and expense. • A French drain is a perforated pipe buried under a layer of gravel. The pipe funnels stormwater away from where you don’t want it. This can help remove standing water from undesirable areas of your yard. • Dry wells are used to transmit undesirable surface water underground. A residential dry well typically consists

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of a 4'x4' (or larger) in-ground pit filled with rock and is often located at the end of a French drain. Water enters the cavity and then disburses into the ground. This device is suitable for managing recurring streams of water from sump pumps or condensate lines. • Rain gardens are depressed areas in the landscape that collect rainwater from a roof, driveway, or sump pump, which permit the water to soak into the ground. Planted with native grasses and flowering perennials, rain gardens can be a cost-effective and beautiful way to reduce runoff from your property. Rain gardens can also help filter out pollutants in runoff and provide food and shelter for butterflies, songbirds, and other wildlife. Rain gardens should be located at the lowest point in your rear yard, where the rainwater naturally flows. Approval from the BCA Covenants Committee is required to regrade lots and to install French drains, dry wells, and rain gardens. The impact to your neighbors and common areas must always be considered when planning the installation of one or more of these water management solutions. Properly managing unwanted water can be tricky and often requires professional assistance. Homeowners are advised to consult a drainage professional; not all landscape companies are qualified to address drainage issues. Any questions regarding approval of drainage projects can be directed to communitystandards@brambleton.org.


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. Remember that only brown and black colored mulch is permitted in Brambleton. 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 like ryegrass or fescue.

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. 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. All watering must 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.

August

Aerate compacted soil, dethatch lawns, and plan fall tasks as cool-season grass returns 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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RESIDENT RESOURCES

Assessment Payment Options

Assessment payments are due on the first day of each month. To avoid incurring late or other collection related fees, it is recommended to align payment with the due date. Late fees are assessed for payments not posted by the 10th day of the month. BCA offers a variety of payment options and encourages owners to select the method that best suits their needs. Details regarding the various payment options can be found on www.brambletonhoa.com/assessmentpaymentoptions. Payment options include: • Mail: Owners may make payment by check or money order mailed to the Association's lockbox service. Please reference your account number or property address, or include the payment coupon, to ensure the payment is properly recorded. ƒ 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.

Monthly Assessments

• Direct Debit: The owner authorizes withdrawal of the monthly recurring assessment amount from a designated checking or savings account. Owners can sign up for Direct Debit service online at www.clickpay.com/firstservice.

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• ClickPay: This third-party payment service offers owners the ability to make one-time or recurring e-check or credit card payment at www.clickpay.com/firstservice. For help with your account or setting up payments online, please contact ClickPay at www.clickpay.com/ gethelp, or call 1-888-354-0135 (option 1).

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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.

BCA Resale Disclosure Packet & PUD Questionnaire As of April 1, 2021, Brambleton Community Association will process singlefamily home and townhome resale disclosure packets, PUD questionnaires, and payoff requests through HomeWiseDocs. BCA Single-Family Homes & Townhomes BCA has partnered with HomeWiseDocs to offer a streamlined process for the order and delivery of resale, refinance, and lender documents such as: resale disclosures, estoppels, demands*, lender questionnaires, and governing documents. Simply visit www.homewisedocs.com to get started. HomeWiseDocs’ professional staff is available for any questions you may have. Call toll-free at 866-925-5004 or use the technical support chat feature located on their website. BCA Condominiums (Residences, Residences II, Summerfield) Condominium properties require information from both the master association (Brambleton Community Association) and the condominium sub-association for closing. Please visit www.fsresidential.com/corporate and select “Order Documents” to order a resale package, request payoff information, or obtain a condominium questionnaire for the subassociation. Please visit www.homewisedocs.com to obtain a resale disclosure package for the master association. *BCA must receive written authorization from the seller/current owner in order to process all demand requests. Authorization forms can be uploaded directly to HomeWiseDocs when placing the order. Visit www.brambletonhoa.com/resales for more information. Owners with questions or concerns can contact hoa@brambleton.org for assistance.

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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

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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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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 22650 Beacon Crest Terrace 703-542-2220 Stratford Landing Pool 23503 Quillback Court 703-542-7360

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Bring Your Own Bags Sherri Weston - Brambleton Resident

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he sight of plastic bags everywhere has often kept me up at night throughout the pandemic. Maybe it’s the extra time quarantine afforded, the masks littering parking lots, the mountains of plastic bags in shopping carts, or the plastic debris rolling aimlessly like tumbleweeds that lands in our grassy areas and ponds. My concerns led me to informally survey some neighborhood friends last fall. I was one of only a few people using reusable bags, so I thought maybe I shouldn’t pursue the conversation further. Coincidentally, around the same time, I read Dulles District Supervisor Matt Letourneau’s November 2020 newsletter where he shared that Loudoun

County is considering a five-cent disposable plastic bag tax. He highlights that there are several programs, including a plastic bag recycling program, that are not currently being promoted by the County that would help reduce plastic bag use prior to introducing new taxes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), over 380 billion plastic bags and wraps are used every year in the United States. They are made from materials that are non-biodegradable. The EPA encourages consumers to use reusable bags (made of fabric, hemp, or recycled plastic), reduce the number of bags they use or throw away after one use, reuse plastic bags, and recycle bags when they can no longer be used. It might be hard to think about life without plastic grocery bags, but they

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Sherri Weston providing reusable bags at our Spring 2021 Step, Shred & Shed event

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were not introduced to stores until 1977, according to Waste Management Northwest. For many generations, people figured out other ways to carry their purchases home. We can do that too! My family consistently uses reusable bags, but we still have bags of plastic in our pantry due to times we forget our reusable bags or when we receive deliveries and packages. We take these bags to Harris Teeter, which uses the Trex recycling service. I know that many people in Brambleton do this as well, but we would make an even greater impact if we focused on reducing and eliminating plastic bags as a community. Imagine how much plastic bag use could be reduced by adding even one or two reusable bags to your shopping experience. Additionally, there are other plastic products that you may not even know can be recycled. Most clean and dry films are recyclable, even without a symbol. Think about all the films you touch in your daily life: produce bags, Ziploc bags, toilet paper film, bread bags, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, etc. These products are all recyclable at Harris Teeter or wherever else you buy your groceries. Let’s all sleep better knowing that we are working together to keep Brambleton beautiful and free of plastic “tumbleweeds”. Our community can be a leader in Loudoun County and beyond by making the choice to use reusable bags. Brambleton, please help reduce plastic pollution and bring new meaning to “BYOB”.


COMMUNICATIONS

Resident Spotlight: Eric Slauson

We spoke with Eric Slauson, a Brambleton resident and teacher at Independence High School who has received national recognition for creating the Tattoo Stories and MonsDRAWsity board games. He told us about what inspired him to become a game designer, what being a teacher means to him, and more! How long have you lived in Brambleton? What prompted you to choose Brambleton? My partner and I moved to Brambleton in March of 2020. I work at Independence High School, so the short commute is amazing. Brambleton’s proximity to things we love to do (and eat) is also a huge plus. In addition to local spots like Asian Spice Café, AhSo, Blue Ridge Grill, and the EatLoco Farmers Market, we love being close to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Pit Stop BBQ on Gilbert's Corner, and Burger Shack. What motivated you to become a board game inventor? I grew up playing classic games like Uno and Scrabble, but in 2015 I discovered that thousands of new games come out every year. My friends and I started investigating these modern board games and having game nights to try them out. When I started having ideas for games, I researched the design process and brought some of my rough prototypes to game night. Seeing my friends have fun playing something I made got me hooked on game design, and the idea of being able to provide strangers around the world that same joy was exciting to me. What inspires your game concepts? My games are based on things I find interesting. Tattoo Stories was inspired by my love of tattoos and the curiosity I always feel when I see people’s ink. I’m always tempted to ask strangers what their tattoos mean, so I thought a game about designing them and explaining their meanings would be a fun way to celebrate the artform. MonsDRAWsity was inspired by forensic artists who work with police to draw pictures of suspects from witness descriptions. I find that job so fascinating, so I turned it into a silly game where you are trying to draw pictures of monsters people are describing. My partner’s passion is art, so in a way, these games were an attempt to combine our interests to make experiences we’d both enjoy. While you draw in both, they are actually communication games at heart. Both play with active listening and speaking skills, which makes me happy as a former English teacher, and makes them fun even if you can’t draw well. MonsDRAWsity recently earned a runner’s up spot in the American Tabletop Awards, a nomination for a Golden Geek Award from BoardGameGeek.com, and spots on several game media outlets’ top 10 of 2020 lists, all accolades I'm very proud of and honored to receive. How has the success of your board games Tattoo Stories and MonsDRAWsity impacted your life? There’s not a lot of money or fame in designing board games, so my success hasn’t had a massive impact on the way I live my life. I will say seeing the games on the shelves of retail stores is a very surreal thrill. Although I do enjoy seeing my games succeed commercially, the knowledge that my games provide people the opportunity to play, connect, and share some laughs means much more to me. Because my games work so well over Zoom, it has been especially rewarding to receive fan mail during the pandemic from people who were able to use my games to still hold socially distanced game nights. What does being a teacher mean to you? I used to teach English at Harper Park, but my new role as an IFT (Instructional Facilitator, Technology) at Independence has me teaching and coaching adults instead of the sixth graders I'm used to. Instead of helping students learn how to better express themselves through writing and discover the joys of reading, I’m now helping teachers learn new ways to deliver content and engage students using technology. Regardless of the age of my students, though, my goal is always the same: helping people succeed and grow. What are some of your favorite board games? Here are some light and approachable games I’d recommend for most people: Trekking the National Parks, Ticket to Ride, 5 Minute Marvel, Slide Quest, Drop It, Yogi, Escape: The Curse of the Temple, Push, Poetry for Neanderthals, Just One, Point Salad, Medium, and Hues and Cues. I’d also recommend heading over to Go Bananas in our Town Center or to Huzzah Hobbies in Lansdowne, telling them what games you currently like, and asking for recommendations of similar games. If you like classics like Scrabble, for example, they’d be able to point you to modern word games like Bananagrams, Wordsy, Fumbling Ferrets, or Word on the Street that scratch the same itch.

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COMMUNICATIONS

BCA Communications

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

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

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

Website and Social Media Visit www.brambletonhoa.com for community news, event and meeting updates, video content, 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!

New Face on the BCA Team

Please join us in welcoming Linda Verbeeck to our BCA staff! As our newest Resident Services Advisor, Linda promptly responds to resident inquiries and provides assistance with all office activities and general administration. Linda brings almost 30 years of general contracting and administrative experience to her position. She recently relocated to Brambleton from Long Island. Outside of work, Linda loves to ride her bike, travel, and spend time with her family.

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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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COMING SOON — OPENING 2021

WELCOME NEW TENANTS - NOW OPEN

SHOP. EAT. PLAY.

NOW RE-OPENED www.brambleton.com/towncenter

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SHOP LOCAL AT BRAMBLETON TOWN CENTER Thank you for continuing to support our retailers and restaurants!

SUMMER CAMPS AND PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

Dragon Yong-In

Best Brains

Bella Ballerina

Brambleton Library

A&A Music Costa Family Dentistry AhSo Restaurant Dragon Yong-In AhSo Cellars (Coming Soon) Eclips Salon & Day Spa Animal Medical Centers of Loudoun Edible Arrangements Asian Spice Cafe Fairfax Pediatric Associates Associates for Counseling Services Filling Co. Gas & Grub B&T Dry Cleaners G3 Technologies Bella Ballerina Galaria Plastic Surgery & Dermatology Best Brains Learning Center Go Bananas Toy Store Bloō Dental Good Dog Rocky Blue Ridge Grill Great Clips (Coming Soon) Brambleton Community Association Harris Teeter Brambleton Library Himalayan Wild Yak (Coming Soon) Broadlands Family Practice Illusions Hair Salon & Spa BurgerIM InSight Eye Optique California Tortilla Jackson Clinics Physical Therapy Cold Stone Creamery Knutson Companies Levo Nails & Spa Commonhealth Chiropractic 35 Brambleton Community Association Magazine Summer 2021 42395 RYAN RD. BRAMBLETON, VA 20148

AND MORE!

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 IMAX 4DX 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 www.brambleton.com/towncenter

Profile for Brambleton Community Association

Brambleton Magazine: Summer 2021  

Brambleton Magazine: Summer 2021  

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