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Brambleton Growing Families. Building Community. Connecting Life. January 2014

Community Association Happy New Year! Winter Snow Guide

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Upcoming Events 2014 Calendar of Events Winter Programming


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A LOOK AT THIS MONTH

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Preview all the meetings and events taking place in the month of January.

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MESSAGE FROM THE GM

Coupon booklets have been mailed to owners not participating in the FSR Direct Debit program.

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Brambleton Community Association staff members recently earned professional designations.

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WELCOME NIKKI

COVENANTS Q & A Review answers to common questions about the design review process.

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We are pleased to welcome Nikki Jessup, our new Resident Services Coordinator, to the BCA Team!

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ASSESSMENTS

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WINTER SNOW GUIDE See who is responsible for plowing after a snow storm.

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NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS Living in Brambleton offers many ways that can help you achieve your resolutions.

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IMPORTANT INFO TO KNOW

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IMPORTANT NUMBERS

NEWS FROM THE DEVELOPER A listing of our most frequently requested phone numbers.

For all the latest information about development in Brambleton.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

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YOGA FLOW

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B_FIT AND HEALTHY Make great strides with healthy living in 2014!

WINTER PROGRAMMING We have several fun and enriching programs starting this winter.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Be sure to mark your calendars for next year's upcoming BCA events.

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Try Yogo Flow with Magda at the Community Center this winter.

BABYSITTER DIRECTORY

STEPS TO A SAFER HOME Consider testing your home for radon to protect your home and family.

A listing of available resident babysitters.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

Association Staff Achieves Professional Growth The major holidays of the year are behind us, and now it’s time to start planning for 2014. As I stated in last month’s article, the community has a lot to look forward to this coming year. I also look forward to seeing the continued growth of the community and Association in both a positive and professional manner. While I refer to growth in regards to the number of homes and amenities coming this year, I am also referring to the professional growth of Brambleton Community Association’s (BCA) staff. Recently, several staff members have taken steps to further their professional development, and

I would like to take the opportunity to recognize those individuals. Rosemarie Linder, our Director of Resident Services, and my right-hand “man”, has successfully achieved her Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation through CAI. As a true professional, Rosemarie has earned the highest level of recognition through Community Association’s Institute (CAI). She has the knowledge, experience, and integrity to provide the best possible service to our community, knowing a great deal about all aspects of the Association such as reserves, maintenance, insurance, budgeting, governance, communications, contracts, and many

other aspects of the business. I appreciate and rely on the knowledge, experience and professionalism she brings to the community every day. Thank you Rose, for all you do for the community and the Association’s team. I would also like to recognize Beth Huck and Elizabeth Stulga for their recent achievements. They both successfully earned their CMCA or Certified Manager of Community Associations. Beth and Elizabeth have demonstrated that they have a wide knowledge and understanding of Associations. They are committed to continued professional develop-

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ment and have started down the path towards their PCAM. Beth, our the Community Lifestyles Manager, is essential and committed to seeing that the lifestyle options offered in Brambleton enhance the community experience for residents. She oversees and manages the fun side of Brambleton; its pools, community center, parks, trails, events and programming. Elizabeth, our Covenants Manager, is responsible for and com-

mitted to seeing that Brambleton’s covenants are managed in a manner that is reasonable and fair. I thank both Elizabeth and Beth for their commitment and dedication to the community and its Association. These recently received designations are a great start to the New Year. I look forward to continued professional growth, success and development of the entire BCA staff. Our continued development will directly

benefit the services we offer and the manner in which they are delivered to you, our residents. The better services the community has to offer, the more success our community will see.

Sincerely,

Rick Stone PCAM, LSM General Manager

Holiday Schedule Christmas Tree Removal:

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Christmas Trees will be removed on normal yard waste days for the first two weeks in January 2014. The dates will be Tuesday, January 7th and Tuesday, January 14th. Trees in excess of 8 feet in length need to be cut in half in order to be removed by crews. After Tuesday, January 14th, trees will be removed with the trash. Please make sure trees have all tinsel, ornaments, lights removed before placing curbside. Brambleton Community Association Holiday Schedule: The Association Office will be closed on Monday, January 20th, in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday. Residents with urgent needs or requests please call FirstService Residential at 703-385-1133. The office will re-open Thursday, January 2nd at 9:00am. Loudoun County Public School Holiday Schedule: Loudoun County Public Schools will be closed on January 20th in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.

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BUDGET

2014 Assessments The Assessments for monthly 2014 are as follows. Detached Homes Detached w/ Common Driveway Townhouse Townhouse w/ Grounds Maintenance Summerfield Condominium The Residences Condominiums

$173.89 $185.61 $174.79 $189.79 $134.43 $143.35

Payment Coupon Booklets – Booklets have been mailed to owners not participating in the FSR Direct Debit program. To request a replacement book or report a missing book, please contact hoa@brambleton.org. FSR Direct Debit Program – Through this program, the owner authorizes FSR to withdraw the monthly assessment on a recurring basis from the designated bank account on the first day of the month via ACH transfer. Please see the link to the Direct Debit Form. Personal Online Payment Services – Many owners make use of online service available through their personal financial institute. Owners using such services are reminded to update the assessment amount for their January payment to avoid late fees for insufficient payments down several months into the New Year. Questions – Questions related to the assessments should be directed to the BCA Management office at 703-542-6263 or HOA@Brambleton.org Payment Address – Payments are to be mailed to: Brambleton Community Association, c/o FirstService Residential, P.O. Box 11983, Newark, NJ 07101- 4983

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Application Process Q & A Elizabeth Stulga, Covenants Manager Many of the holidays joyfully being celebrated by Brambleton residents at this time of year, are celebrated with the exchange of gifts. There may be a request on your wish list for an outdoor modification like a wonderful patio to enjoy next spring or outdoor play equipment like a basketball hoop for the family to enjoy. If your wishes come true then you may want to think about applying for the modification early, so as not to hold up the project waiting for approval from the Covenants Committee. The following are some common questions from residents regarding the design Review process: Q: Where can I find the Design Guidelines that detail modification requirements, Design Review Criteria and the Design Review Process? A: You can access the Design Guidelines by logging onto our website at www. brambletonhoa.com and clicking on Documents and Forms then Association Documents. If you have any questions you can contact the covenants team at covenants@brambleton.org.

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Q: Why do I need to apply for improvements on my property? A: As a planned community Brambleton has recorded covenants which require its owners to take certain actions to preserve the aesthetic nature and character of the community. One of these required actions is that owners must seek approval from the Covenants Committee prior to making exterior modifications. Q: How do I apply? A: To submit a proposed exterior modification to the Covenants Committee for review, an owner must complete the Design Review Application. This form is available on the Association’s website, in our office or in response to requests submitted to covenants@brambleton. org. Copies of the Application can be found on the website under Documents and Forms. Q: Who reviews my application? A: Brambleton’s Covenants Committee members are homeowners that have been appointed by the Board of

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Directors. The Committee members volunteer their time to meet once each month to review and render decisions on proposed exterior modifications. They meet the second Monday of each month. Q: When will my application be reviewed and when will I receive the decision information? A: Decision letters are mailed within the week of the meeting. Decision letters for Applications that have been approved as submitted will be mailed via First Class US Mail to the Brambleton address of the applicant. Decision letters for Applications which have been approved with conditions or denied must be sent via Certified Return Receipt Mail so that the Association has proof of mailing. As a courtesy, a copy of the letter will also be sent via First Class US Mail. If you have any further questions about whether or not to apply for a modification or the process contact covenants@brambleton.org. 


ASSOCIATION MAINTENANCE

Winter Snow Guide

Rick Stone General Manager PCAM, LSM Who is Responsible? Homeowners: Townhome and Single-Family homeowners are responsible for shoveling snow on their driveway and the sidewalks on and adjacent to their property. This includes the VDOT sidewalk or BCA common area sidewalk in front of your property. Developer: The Brambleton Group will perform snow and ice management on all future VDOT streets that have been constructed but not yet accepted by the state, and on all common drives that have not been final paved and accepted by BCA. VDOT: Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will perform snow and ice management on public streets (Those that have been topped with the final coat of asphalt and released from bond). These streets Forecast Calls For: 0-2 Inches 2-4 Inches 4-8 Inches 8-12 Inches 12+ Inches

Ice/Freezing Rain Other Amenities BCA Trails & Sidewalks

BCA Commuter Lot

typically have a 4-digit number on the street name sign. The following Sections have been turned over to VDOT: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 14. Please address all concerns regarding the below streets to VDOT at 1-800-3677623. Residences and Residences II Condominiums: Unit owners are responsible for clearing the driveways that serve their unit. The condominium associations are responsible for clearing all sidewalks serving each building (contact Traci.Tranquilli@fsresidential.com with concerns). The Developer is responsible for clearing and treating the common streets throughout the Residences. BCA is responsible for clearing hard surfaces around the Beacon Crest Pool and the trails and sidewalks along Ryan Road and Belmont Ridge Road.

Summerfield Condominiums: The Summerfield Condominium Association is responsible for clearing and treating all common hard surfaces on the property. Please forward all questions and related concerns to Joanne Mazzarella at 703-327-4818 or JMazzarella@cmc-management.com. Brambleton Community Association: The Association is committed to prompt snow and ice management on the common areas and common drives in sections of the community that have been final paved and are no longer under construction (please review the standards below). BCA also removes snow on sidewalks and trails that are located on common area but not adjacent to residential lots. Please report all common area and common drive related concerns to Snow@Brambleton.org. 

BCA Private Street Standards Are: Salting as needed; with a focus on streets with grades and intersections. Plowing begins at 2”. Clearing of all BCA streets to be completed 6 hours after the snow stops falling. Plowing begins at 2”. Clearing of all BCA streets to be completed 8 hours after the snow stops falling. Plowing begins at 2”. Clearing of all BCA streets to be completed 12 hours after the snow stops falling. Plowing begins at 2”. Conditions of VDOT streets could delay or suspend BCA clearing efforts on private streets. Clearing of all BCA streets to be completed 1 to 2 days after the snow stops falling. Salting of streets will occur during and/or after the storm depending upon conditions. Pretreatment of road may occur if significant ice is predicted. Summary of Actions Snow accumulations greater than 2” will be cleared once the streets have been completed. This work may occur the day following completion of the streets. It is the desire to clear the commuter lot prior to the arrival of the first vehicle. This may not always occur due to the timing of the storm. The lot will be plowed and treated with salt as conditions dictate.

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EVENTS AND PROGRAMMING

Be More Awesome than Last Year Beth Huck, Community Lifestyles Manager

on the ability and skill level. The stations now have signs as a part of the develop B_Fit program, and not only list the new exercises but have QR codes available to view how to correctly do the exercises. There is also a Facebook group that is there to support you… just look up B_Fit in Brambleton. And of course there is always our evening flow yoga class, Fitness Image Results Boot Camp, and the many classes and equipment at Sport&Health.

New Year’s resolutions are a great way to achieve something you have wanted to do or to refocus and reenergize your efforts towards a particular goal. Living in Brambleton offers many ways that can help you work towards your New Year’s resolutions. Here is a list of some of the more common resolutions and how the Brambleton Lifestyle and Amenities can help you get there: •

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Eat Healthy Food - Not only does Harris Teeter offer a wide variety of farm fresh produce, including a decent selection of organic choices, but the Association offers a community garden with 35 garden plots. The 2013 growing season was a big success, and applications for the 2014 season will become available mid-March for open spots. Get Fit/Lose Weight – We have recently put in new exercise stations along portions of the trail. I have been working with the Jackson Clinic of Physical Therapy to expand on the suggested exercises to give people options based

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Drink Less Alcohol – Say What? Why would we want to do that? Well, actually some people do. There are plenty of things to do to get you off your bar stool and focused on spending your time in better ways, like spending more time with your spouse and/or kids, developing a new skill or hobby, or volunteering. We will be continuing to add to our lineup of programs to include more classes for adults. Be Green/Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle - Brambleton prides itself

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in striving to be as green as we can. One of the ways we encourage being green to our residents is through our Waste Management’s program call RecycleBank. While recycling is rewarding in and of itself, RecycleBank offers a few little perks for doing what you should be doing to begin with. RecycleBank calculates the amount (weight) of our recycling and that translates into points. The points can then be used for rewards, like gift certificates, discount coupons, etc. To find out more info on this program visit the website. •

Volunteer/Help Others – With the many events and activities that take place in the community, we are always in need of volunteers - sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/ go/508054EABAA2B0-brambleton. Likewise, there are several committees that occasionally have openings that need to be filled. Additionally, we have a great network of individuals who are in tune to needs around our community and beyond. The Gifts of Kindness Facebook page is a great place to start looking for opportunities to give back. Search for Gifts of Kindness on FB.

Whatever your resolutions might be, we want to help if we can, so let us know if you have ideas for some classes, programs, etc. you would like to see in Brambleton. Just email me at beth.huck@brambleton.org. Cheers to being more awesome than last year! Happy New Year! 


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Sizzlin’ Summer Concert

Roving Dinner *

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Sizzlin’ Summer Concert

march Comedy Night * (Adults Only)

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Kids Valentines Craft *

Ribbon Run

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Red Hot Triathlon

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Flashlight Egg Hunt *

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Bunny Trail*

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Neighborhood Clean-Up

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Spring Yard Sale Loudoun Lyme 5k

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Night at the Nationals Summer Kick-Off & Teen Night *

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Brambleton Grand Prix

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Fall Yard Sale

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Fall Festival

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Lace Up for Learning 5k

Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Rain Date

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Kids Triathlon Doggone Wild Pool Party * Neighborhood Camp Out *

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Holiday Open House *

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Ringing in Hope Charity Walk, Run & Fun

may - october Farmer’s Market is held every Sunday from 9AM - 1PM, Soave Drive

* Denotes Residents Only. Dates are subject to change. Find ‘Brambleton Community Association’ on Facebook or visit www.brambletonevents.com for up-to-date event information.

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Holiday Open House Dana Vinci, Events and Programming Coordinator It was cold and wet but the smiles and laughter were warm and happy. This year’s Holiday Open House didn’t welcome the best weather we could have had but the trusty community of Brambleton came out with warmth in their hearts and for that, I thank you. There were special appearances from Creighton’s Corner Chorus, Briar Woods Chorus, Orchestra and Drama Department. They all performed beautifully for the crowd which included dancing Rudolf the RedNosed Reindeer. Santa stopped by to hear what the kids in the community had on their

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wish lists and pass out candy canes. We had hot chocolate and cookies donated by Cooperative Preschool of Loudoun that went quick to keep tummy’s warm. There we lots of activities for kids to do such as cookie decorating, crafts, face painting, dreidel spinning and mini train rides all brought to you by local businesses, churches and synagogues. Along with everything else we had a petting zoo, balloon artists and a puppet show. Next year the event will be very different and the weather should not be an issue. We will be moving this event into the new community cen-

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ter located on Shreveport Rd. We will continue to invite local schools to perform and Santa will be there for wish lists but as for the rest, you will just have to come and see. Brambleton Community Association would like to thank the sponsors and participants that made this event possible: The Brambleton Group, Heritage Landscaping Services, My Gym, Chesterbrook Academy, Park Valley Church, Brambleton Presbyterian Church, Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, Cooperative Preschool of Loudoun, Briar Woods High School and Creighton’s Corner Elementary. 


I Am a Warrior (one, two and three) Dana Vinci, Events and Programming Coordinator

reassured me that as long as I go at my own pace I will see results. She explained that this is not a competition and that the connection you create in yoga is to your own body and mind. “It creates a mirror to the soul” she said.

I admit it has probably been a year since I have been face to face with a yoga mat or any other ongoing exercise routine. I also admit I can feel that I haven’t been taking care of my body like I should; I feel it muscularly and mentally. When asked to write an article about the Yoga Flow class here in Brambleton, I first thought about just going as an observer but Christine, our resident fitness queen, insisted I participate in the class and take pictures in my tights. Ok, I will participate in the class but I am not taking pictures of myself in tights! When I arrived, Magda the instructor, was there to greet me. I let her know I haven’t done this in a while and she

Magda is a Brambleton resident, has 2 kids and is also an ESL High School teacher at Broad Run High School. She has been teaching yoga for 8 years. She said she always had an interest in yoga but during a trip to India she found a true love for it and began studying to become an instructor. She teaches at some of the bigger gyms in the area but she loves the feel of the Brambleton class, because she develops strong relationships with the clients. Yoga Flow or Vinyasa yoga, which is the type of yoga taught, synchronizes the breath with continuous movement. You use your inhale or exhale to move from one pose to the next and the entire class has a very

dance like feel to it. It is perfect for all fitness levels because you go at your own pace and you can make it as challenging as you like. If you do any research on yoga you will find studies that show how a regular meditation practice can be beneficial for relieving pain, anxiety and stress. There is even evidence that yoga can help fight cancerrelated fatigue, manage high-blood pressure, and ease chronic pain, especially joint pain. At the end of this class I felt stronger, taller and all together better about myself. Amazingly, these feelings carried over into the next day. I would recommend this yoga class highly to anyone who is a beginner or who already has an active routine. I am sure I will be returning because feeling good…well it just feels good! This class runs every Thursday from 7:00 - 8:00pm at the Brambleton Community Center on Regal Wood Dr. Ages 15 and up are welcome. The cost is $10 per class, and you pay at the door. Mats are provided but recommended you bring your own. For more information on this class or any other programs being offered in Brambleton please visit www. brambletonevents.com. 

For your safety this winter, please stay off the frozen ponds.

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winter programming guide 2014 We have several fun and enriching programs and classes starƟng up this winter at the Community Center. nter nt er Visit Visi Vi sitt www.brambletonevents.com for Ňyers. Please contact the program itself for registraƟon or quesƟons requarding the program. For general programming quesƟons please contact events@brambleton.org.

fitness image im results boot camp www.Įresults.com M,W,F - 5:45am - 6:45am and 9:30am - 10:30am M,T,TH - 7:30pm-8:30pm Sign-up : www.Įresults.com Start with the group at any Ɵme year round!

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abrakadoodle art www.abrakadoodle.com/va02/schedule.html Monday February 3rd - March 24th Session 1: 2.5 to 5 yr old - 10:00am -10:45am Session 2: 3 to 5 yr old - 4:00pm - 4:45pm Session 3: 6 and older - 5:00pm-6:00pm

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Want to be in a play? Now Enrolling- AcƟng Classes for kids and teens! Learn acƟng, speaking, movement and other key skills for theater and beyond. Drama Kids and AcƟng Academy set the stage for life! Open enrollment unƟl Jan. 2014 for all levels. Start now to be part of our Spring ProducƟons. email novadramakids@live.com

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NaƟonally recognized, proven drawing program that builds conĮdence and increases problem solving skills across all area of academics. Register online or email gbasso@kidzart.com.

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www.liƩlehands.com Wednesday Infants 2-16 months , 9:45am Toddlers 16-36 months, 10:30am F Session 9/18-12-11 ~ Winter Session 1/15-4/2 ~ Spring 4/23-6/11 Fall

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silver knights chess www.silverknightschess.com Wednesdays Tournament Training 5:00pm-6:30pm / Feb 12 - May 21 Thursdays Beginner Chess K -6th Grade 5:00pm-6:00pm / Feb 13 - May 22

creative dance center

CDC is oīering Hip Hop/Jazz and Ballet/Jazz for this Winter’s dance session. This 8-week session costs $100. Classes provided by the staī of CreaƟve Dance Center. QuesƟons about the CDC program or to reserve a place for your child email Stephanie@cdcdance.com or 703 309 3588 call 703-309-3588

register by emailing: stephanie@cdcdance.com Wednesday / Feburary 12th - April 2nd Hip Hop for 7-12 yrs old – 6:00pm - 7:00pm Adult Jazz/Ballet - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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www.engineeringforkids.net/nova Thursday/ Electrical Engineering/ Grades 2-6 February 13th - March 20th / 5:00pm-6:15pm Thursday/Junior Lego RoboƟcs/ Grades K-2 April 3rd - May 8th / 5:00pm-6:00pm

ashburn power yoga Please take care not to block sidewalks www.ashburnpoweryoga.com when placing waste containers out for StarƟng D Dec 5th 7:00pm-8:00pm Welcome All Levels L pickup.

Evening Flow Yoga for adults is returning to the Community Center! Rate: $10/class. All levels welcome! Special oīer: Try one class for free. For more info email: ashburnpoweryoga@yahoo.com or visit: www.AshburnPowerYoga.com

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BRAMBLETON GROUP

News from the Developer A New Year's Eve Celebration to Ring in Hope for Area Charities

over the region and from around the county. The event features a 5K & 10K race on a USATF certified scenic course and a 1K walk/fun run. Holiday Open House Under the Tent

Saturday, November 30th! The event was kicked off by the Jingle Bell Bike Races, then shoppers enjoyed carriage rides, entertainers, carolers and even a Candy Cane Treasure

The annual Holiday Open House for residents took place at the Brambleton Town Center Plaza on Saturday, December 7th. There was Santa, a petting zoo, fun activities for kids of all ages and many different performances by Briar Woods High School. Nearly $5,000 in prizes and awards were distributed at the fourth annual Ringing In Hope: A New Year’s Eve Celebration race on December 31st at the Brambleton Town Center. This race draws participants from all

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Small Business Saturday in Brambleton The Brambleton Town Center Associates would like to thank everyone who came out and supported our local businesses on Small Business

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Hunt - Brambleton was definitely in the spirit of the holidays. The Bram-


bleton Town Center also partnered with Suzanne Eaton Christmas Trees to launch “Christmas for the Cause” during the daylong event. Fresh cut trees were sold through Christmas Eve on the Town Center green in front of ReMax Gateway, with proceeds benefiting the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation. A Message of Thanks from Brambleton Town Center Tenants Go Bananas and Misguided Angels "When I'm just the owner of a neighborhood toy store, how in the world do I thank an entire community for the unimaginable outpouring of support that Go Bananas experienced this weekend? Never, never, never in my wildest dreams could

will offer additional services such as massages, facials and nail care. Their new location is 22855 Brambleton Plaza, suite 104, next door to Misguided Angels.

ness Saturday ever, and as a result, the best November ever! Thanks for showing us some love, keep it coming!" Kim Hutchings, Misguided Angels Pawsitively Brambleton Dog Calendar Donations As we reach out to those in need this time of year, let’s not forget our furry friends! The Brambleton Group is accepting cash and pet supply donations on behalf of Friends of Homeless Animals. Just bring your donation to the Welcome Center, open daily 11:00am - 6:00pm. Items on FOHA shelter’s wish list this year include blankets, thunder shirts, dog toys, first aid supplies for dogs, and Regal dog and cat food.

Builder Buzz www.brambleton.com/your-home/ modelhomes •

Van Metre Homes Opens New Sales Gallery – Van Metre Homes debuted their new “Hemsworth” Single-Family collection at the opening of their new sales gallery in the Brambleton Town Center on Saturday, December 7th (new model anticipated to open in January). These new homes feature charming craftsman exteriors, up to 3,300 square feet, gourmet kitchens, finished rec rooms, plus an option for a main level bed & bath. They will be built in Van Metre’s Edgewood neighborhood along Belmont Ridge Road (across from Miller & Smith’s Noble Pointe Collection); however, until the model homes are completed, the sales gallery will be located in the Town Center at 22895 Brambleton Plaza, Suite 105. For more information, contact Mike Holland at 703-764-5481.

Coming soon from Van Metre Homes: 2-level Craftsman-style Villa Homes, 3-level Urbaninspired Townhomes and 3-level Craftsman-style Townhomes.

Camberley Homes' new English Manor Townhomes are coming soon.

Stunning NEW Miller and Smith Brownstone Bainbridge townhomes now available for January/February deliveries. These homes feature 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and an oversized 1 car garage. Kitchen includes upgraded

"BramGrams" Now on Brambleton's Community Channel For your chance to be on the Verizon FiOS Brambleton Channel #489, please stop by the Welcome Center to record a short message (we can help you with ideas).

I have imagined Small Business Saturday like the one we had yesterday. I am emotionally overwhelmed by your support, kind words, smiles, and hugs throughout the day. Go Bananas is my dream. It may seem silly to some, even crazy to others. I even feel that way sometimes. But it is my dream, a dream that allows me to give back to the community I love and bring smiles to many children and their families. I thank you for investing in my dreams and our community." Mary Holmes, Go Bananas Toy Store "Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who came out and showed your support on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! We had our best Black Friday and Small Busi-

Town Center Tidbits www.brambleton.com/towncenter •

Dr. Costa has once again been chosen by his peers as a Top Dentist for 2013 in Northern Virginia Magazine. Dr. Costa is honored to be included on this list http://www.northernvirginiamag.com/top-dentist-2013/. They also accept most major insurances! Call their office to schedule, 703-542-7000. Give to our troops this year by buying reindeer blend coffee at Caribou Coffee in Brambleton. Did you know they will be changing their name to Peet's Coffee next spring? HairLoom Studio at Brambleton has relocated and rebranded as Illusions Hair Salon & Spa and

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cabinets, granite countertops and GE stainless steel appliances. Upgraded vanity cabinets and much more. Priced from the

borhood of Brambleton has had a recent price increase. They are now priced from the mid $600s. •

Help Beazer Homes feed hungry children this holiday by sharing your favorite holiday tradition before December 20 and for every photo or story posted to their Facebook wall, they will donate a week's worth of school lunches for a child in need to Oxfam America.

*Prices, terms, conditions subject to change. New Home Information Packet – http://ht.ly/ccg85

$350s*. For more information contact Debbie Paschal at 703434-0807. •

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Beazer Homes' single family homes in the West Park neigh-

Model Home Map: http://ht.ly/gYthY New Website for the Silver Line Northern Virginia’s Dulles Corridor is home to several of the region’s

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most dynamic and rapidly growing economic centers, including Tysons Corner, Reston, Herndon, Dulles International Airport and eastern

Loudoun County. Metro’s Silver Line will provide rail travel to five new stations in the Corridor, as well as to great destinations in D.C. and Maryland. Coupled with integrated bus service, it will provide high-quality, high-capacity transit service along the Dulles Corridor in two phases. http://silverlinemetro.com/ 


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Brambleton is a shopper’s paradise... Reinvent your wardrobe, grab a delicious meal, treat yourself to a makeover or buy flowers to brighten that special someone’s day! Whatever you want it’s all here in your neighborhood.

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SAFETY & SECURITY

Steps to a Safer Home Rosemarie Linder, Director of Resident Services Brambleton’s Board of Directors has taken a proactive approach to addressing safety and security in Brambleton by creating our newest committee, the Safety & Security Committee. Over the coming months you’ll be hearing more from this committee as they continue to develop goals for 2014. To kick off the New Year, the Committee encourages residents to take a similar proactive approach to cre-

ating safety in their homes. January is National Radon Action month - if you’ve not recently had your home tested, please take a moment to consider this important act to protect your home and family from the potential threat from radon. Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally, it is colorless and odorless, so the only way to know if your home has a problem is to test for it. Winter happens to be the best time to test

for Radon since doors and windows are sealed to block the cold. Testing kits are available at most major home improvement stores. Kits are also available for $15 through the National Radon Program Services at Kansas State University at http://sosradon. org/test-kits. So take a step to protect your health and order a test kit today. Get more information at www. epa.gov/radon. 

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TASTE OF GREECE Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department, Founder’s Hall 20688 Ashburn Road, Ashburn, VA 20147

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FRIDAY January 24

SATURDAY January 25

SUNDAY January 26

4:00PM – 9:00PM

11:00AM – 9:00PM

11:00AM – 8:00PM

(We will be serving snow or shine!)

Enjoy a variety delicious Greek dishes including: Gyros, Souvlaki, Pastitisio, Spanakopita, Greek Salad, Baklava & more! Kids meals available.

FREE ADMISSION  FREE PARKING Come for lunch. Stay for dinner. Take out available. Cash, Check, VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER cards accepted.

CALL IN FOR CURBSIDE SERVICE! We will deliver your order to your car when you phone in your order and payment. To order in advance for curbside service, please call 571-246-3028 or 571-246-6584. For more information visit www.greekfestivalloudoun.org.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014 2pm - 4pm Ages 3-12 (must be potty trained) At the Brambleton Community Center Drop your child off to make crafts & Valentine’s including a special Valentine that will be sent to the Veteran Medical Center. Brambleton Residents Only due to limited spaces available.

Cost is $15 per child.

To Register Go To: hƩp://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054EABAA2B0Ͳkids1 For Questions and Allergy Info Contact: events@brambleton.org

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HEALTH AND FITNESS

B_Fit and Healthy Laura Malnati, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS up for it, join me in my “2014 B_Healthy Challenge” and month by month we’ll improve our health together! Challenge 1: January - Get the heart pumping and the lungs expanding: Cardiovascular Exercise

‘Tis the season for reflection on the past and making plans for the future. My New Year’s goal is to build on the B_Fit foundations we established last year and help our whole community make sustainable healthy lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, we’ve all heard the dismal statistics on the percentage of New Year’s resolutions that actually survive past February. Change is hard, but there are some proven strategies to help improve our odds (see my Nov ‘13 B_Fit article for more info). By breaking the broad concept of health into smaller and easier to manage pieces and employing some research supported strategies to improve lifestyle change success rates, I think we can accomplish great things in 2014! Each month this year my articles will feature a new health challenge. I’ll explain the health habit we’re targeting, give tips and strategies for success, and have interactive Facebook conversations and B_Fit trail events to help us all succeed as a united team. So if you’re

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Let’s start things off with a concept we’ve discussed before *: the importance of cardiovascular (CV) exercise. Increasing your heart rate and your breathing rate on a regular basis has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of disease, improve mood and sleep, increase energy, control weight, and a long list of other health benefits. Talk about taking control of your own health! There is a reason I chose this as our first challenge. It may be one of the most important things you can do for yourself! Research clearly shows that any exercise is better than none. If you feel overwhelmed, start small and slowly increase your activity each week or month. However, if you’re ready to take control of your health in a very powerful way, the ultimate goal is to accumulate 150 min of moderate intensity (5 or 6 out of 10 exertion level) CV exercise each week. And remember that every minute of vigorous intensity exercise (considered a 7-8 out of 10 exertion level) counts as two minutes toward your 150 min goal*. Use any activity you enjoy and

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break the exercise into smaller bouts if needed as long as your heart rate stays elevated for at least 10 minutes at a time. Sounds great, right? But knowing what to do is easier than getting it done so let’s employ some of those previously discussed strategies for success**. First, set a realistic goal. Use the first week of the challenge to just establish a baseline of how much CV you’re already doing. Then increase by 10-20% each week until you’ve reached 150 minutes. Second, keep a log of your exercise to keep yourself accountable. Click here to access an excel spreadsheet I created to help you keep track of your progress. Finally, find a support system. Recruit a family member or friend to do this challenge together with you. Join the B_Fit Facebook page to connect with others doing the challenge. E-mail or FB message me for help or support! Even try publicly posting your goals and your progress, and then you’ll really be motivated to succeed and probably inspire someone else to do the same! Remember, this challenge is between you and yourself. We’re not competing against one another. We are all on the same team, and together we can succeed!  *Please see the August 2013 article for more details **Please see the November 2013 article for more details Laura is a physical therapist at The Jackson Clinics in Ashburn and writes monthly about health and fitness topics. If you have questions or would like more information, join the B_Fit in Brambleton Facebook page or e-mail her at: lmalnati@thejacksonclinics.com


RESIDENT RESOURCES

Important Info to Know Brambleton Community Association 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 210 Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm 703-542-6263(p) 703-542-6266(f ) HOA@brambleton.org www.brambletonhoa.com www.brambletonevents.com www.racebrambleton.com Brambleton Community Center 42645 Regal Wood Drive Available for private rentals and community programming. Contact Dana Vinci or Beth Huck events@brambleton.org After Hour Emergency Contact To report a concern after normal business hours, please call 703-385-1133.

awnings, and for smaller projects like changing the color of paint on your front door.Â

the pole number when making the call.

Submit completed applications to the management office at 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 210, Brambleton VA 20148, via fax to 703-542-6266 or to elizabeth.stulga@brambleton.org.

Dominion Power

As the Covenants Committee meets once per month, it is important to submit all of the required information with your application so as not to delay review of your project. Need Mailbox Repair? Black Mailboxes - Call Main Street Mailboxes at 703-753-5521. Weathered Bronze Mailboxes - Call Dominion Electric Supply Company, Erin Schwartz, at 703-631-8100. Trash Collection

Board of Directors Meetings Board of Directors meetings are held at the BCA Management Offices, located at 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 210.

Trash: Tuesdays & Fridays Yard Debris: Tuesdays (March - Dec) Recycling: Fridays AAA: 703-818-8222

Upcoming Meetings Tuesday, February 4, 8:15am Tuesday, April 1, 8:15am Assessment Mailing Address Brambleton Community Association c/o FirstService Residential P.O. Box 11983 Newark, NJ 07101-4983

BCA Drop Box A drop box is available after hours and is located outside of the Brambleton Community Association office building, located at 42395 Ryan Road. Residents may drop off architectual applications, committee applications, etc. Assessments will not be accepted.

Do You Need to Apply? Our office regularly receives applications for decks, patios and fences. Please note that an application is also required for play equipment,

NOVEC Please contact NOVEC at 1-888-3350500 for any street light outages. Be sure to give your street address and

Call 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-3664357) to report an outage. Neighborhood Watch If you see something suspicious or criminal, immediately call LCSO at (703) 777-1021 or 911 if it is a crime in progress. Subscribe to the resident sponsored B_Alert@Brambleton FB page to be linked to the group that is focused and concerned about safety and security within Brambleton. Notary Service Available by Appointment Only please call 703-542-6263. Notary service is free to Brambleton residents for the first two documents, with a $2.00 fee per document thereafter. Non-residents will be charged $2.00 per document. Photo ID required. Witnessing on documents will not be provided by the Brambleton Community Association. Virginia notaries are not authorized to certify true copies of birth, death or marriage certificates. Only the Division of Vital Records/Statistics may perform such a certification. Follow Us on Facebook "LIKE" the Brambleton Community Association for the latest Association news.

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COMMUNITY CONTACTS

Important Numbers Community Management Contacts Brambleton Community Management Office

703-542-6263 703-542-6266 (f )

Residences at Brambleton (FSR)

703-542-6263

Summerfield Condo (CMC)

703-327-4818 703-542-5845 (f )

Town Center Brambleton Welcome Center

703-542-2925

BCA Services Verizon - Activation/Account Changes/Billing/Disconnect (M - F, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

800-501-1172

- Repair

888-553-1555

- Questions/Assistance w/ Verizon.com

888-669-9901

- Assistance w/ Suspension of Service

888-338-9333

RecycleBank

888-727-2978

AAA Recycling & Trash Removal

703-818-8222

Utility Contacts Dominion Electric - North of Ryan Road

888-667-3000

NOVEC - South of Ryan Road

888-335-0500

Miss Utility

800-552-7001

Washington Gas

703-750-1000

Water/Sewer: Loudoun Water

571-291-7880

County Contacts

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Emergency: Fire/Rescue/Police

911

Animal Care & Control

703-777-0406 540-882-3984 (f )

Building Permits

703-777-0220

Post Office, Ashburn - 44715 Prentice Drive

703-406-6291

Sheriff : Non-Emergency

703-777-1021

Sheriff : Traffic Hotline

703-771-5798

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Babysitter Directory The BRAM Sitters list is always being updated, and if you would like to be added to our directory, feel free to call the HOA office at 703-542-6263 Monday thru Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm or email HOA@brambleton.org. Make sure you leave your name, age, any certifications, telephone number, and address for proof of residency in Brambleton.

Name

Age

Telephone Number

Sydney Wayne (B) Max Wayne Mackenzie Long (N) Megan O’Sullivan (F,C,N) Ariana Abousaeedi (F,C,N) Casey Forbes (C) Kaitlin Scalzo (C, F) Yvetter Goetlle (N) Maddie Presely-Wolff (C,B) Christian Jessup (C, B, F) Emily Sola (B,F,C) Bradley Ace (F,C) Malena Llanos (F,C) Erika Llanos (B,C) Erin Donahue (B,F,C) Megan Poole (N) Tanvi Rawat (C) Esha Rawat Alexis Haycraft (C) Jade Morris (C) Audrey Haisley (F,C) Samantha Charlton (F,C) Bailey Moore (B,C,F) JP Castro Lauren Cohen (B) Ashlie Massara (C) Whitney Kirkpatrick (F,C) Kristie Gogo Kirby Shultz Ashley Kucuk (C) Shaelyn Mullaney (C,F) Dina McAleer Autumn Redding (B,F,C,N) Caleigh Hensley (C,F) Christin Hensley Carly Hensley Sophia Travers (B,F,C) Ashley Yi Samantha Lee Melissa Abboud (B,C,F) Jessica Abboud (C) Andrea Abooud Daniel Abboud Paige Baxter Hailey White (B,F,C) Antonia Pelligrini (B,C)

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703-327-8000 703-327-8000 703-475-5353 571-233-7165 703-732-6411 703-327-3776 703-638-9737 703-327-3916 703-542-2691 703-327-7890 703-863-3023 703-327-3866 703-728-6714 703-542-7363 703-439-7405 718-702-7133 703-722-2839 703-722-2839 571-436-1871 703-327-9940 571-839-7355 586-850-1622 571-527-6060 703-785-0528 703-327-6843 703-268-6323 571-344-0594 703-307-7555 520-240-0427 703-975-3892 540-533-3304 703-722-2258 571-481-6431 703-327-5151 703-327-5151 703-327-5151 703-822-3041 703-728-1856 571-723-7500 703-474-2631 703-300-8483 703-300-8483 703-300-8483 703-864-3247 703-327-3529 703-786-7212

Key

(B) Taken a Babysitters Course (C) CPR certified (F) First Aid certified (N) Nanny or daycare experience

* The Association makes no representations about these individuals except that they have given permission for their names to be published. We do not endorse or promote a single sitter. Please contact the specific person for his/her rates and abilities.

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VOLUNTEER

Committees Activities Committee

Financial Advisory Committee

Safety & Security Committee

Co-Chairs: Amber Colatosti, Liz Jackson

Chair: Mark Davis

Chair: Dave Pavlik

Membership: Open

Upcoming Meetings:

Upcoming Meetings:

January 14, 7:30pm

January 28, 7:30pm

February 11, 7:30pm

Membership: Open Upcoming Meetings: January 16, 7:30pm

February 25, 2013 Technology Ad-hoc Committee

February 7:30pm Covenants Committee Chair: Mike Dorrity Membership: One seat open Upcoming Meetings: January 13, 7:00pm

Grounds & Facilities Committee

Chair: Paul Raven

Chair: Walter Berkey

Upcoming Meetings:

Membership: Open

Scheduled as necessary

Upcoming Meetings: January 21, 7:30pm February 18, 7:30pm

February 10, 7:00pm

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* All Association Committee meetings are held at the BCA Management Offices, located at 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 210. Location and date changes will be announced in the Friday Flash. Please contact HOA@brambleton.org or call 703-5426263 for more information on joining a committee.

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NEXT MONTH

February 2014 Roving Dinner

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