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Brambleton Growing Families. Building Community. Connecting Life. October 2015

Community Association Upcoming Elections 2015 Reserve Study Halloween Safety

Upcoming Events 2015 Fall Festival Brambleton Poker Run

Brambleton Community Association Board of Directors Kim Adams President

Tony Buffington Vice President, Resident Director

6 Resident Spotlight

Meryl Bisaga Secretary/Treasurer

Brian Viola Resident Director

Tom Gurganous Resident Director

Pat Martin Director

Ric Spencer Director

Management Office 42395 Ryan Road


Suite 210 Brambleton, VA 20148

Approval 8 Post Inspections

Message from the GM

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





Rick Stone Preview all the meetings and events taking place this October.

General Manager, PCAM, LSM

Sonya Farrell



Committees help connect residents and the Association.



Communications Coordinator To advertise in the Brambleton Community Newsletter, contact Sonya Farrell via email at communications@brambleton.org or call 703-542-6263.

2015 Elections and Budget



The electronic community newsletter is published monthly by the Brambleton Community Association, distributed via email and can be viewed on our website.

Brambleton Residents Want to Serve You at County Level.


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NEWS FROM THE DEVELOPER See all the latest information about the development in Brambleton.

COVENANTS In 2015, BCA began a proactive inspection campaign to include Post Approval inspections.


The importance of Association reserve studies.


BWHS MUSIC BOOSTERS News, events, and fundraisers

October 2015 Sunday





Farmers' Market

Covenants Committee Mtg



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Safety & Security Committee Mtg


20 Grounds & Facilities Committee Mtg

Farmers' Market


Town Center Trick or Treat



Fall Fest

Board of Directors Mtg


A look at this month.....






Activities Committee Mtg




Finance Committee Mtg

Farmers' Market





Loudoun County seeks to update transportation plan impacting Evergreen Mills Rd.



IMPORTANT INFO TO KNOW Association information that may come in handy

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7 Fall Yard Sale


WINTERIZING YOUR HOME Tend to winter preparation and repairs before the year's first frost.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS Numbers frequently requested



GOING GREEN The Assocation has two Board seats opening up this fall and is seeking residents interested in running.

Finding the silver lining in all that extra stuff



SAFETY & SECURITY Enjoy a safe and fun Halloween season around Brambleton.




General Election


24 Poker Run

Farmers' Market



CREATING A SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE Designs and practices to support and protect the environment


e O will b DMV2G ris Teeter ar at the H t o n lo g m Parkin 16th fro r Octobe 4:00 PM. 9:00 AM

BABYSITTER DIRECTORY Recently updated contact info for Brambleton residents offering babysitting services


It's important to make lessons about cooperation fun and purposeful. At Primrose School at Moorefield Station,every child - infant to Kindergartener - participates in our Rhythm and Notes® program, featuring music from The Music Class®. Students learn to work together by clapping in unison,listening to one another and sharing instruments. Outdoors, as part of our Mud Pies® program, Primrose students practice essential skills for teamwork, such as patience, responsibility and planning, as they tend to the Primrose Patch garden. Little ones discover the exciting world of science and ecology as they explore the garden and work together to identify seeds, bulbs, dirt and plants. Every day, there are boundless opportunities to point out what cooperation looks like. At Primrose School at Moorefield Station, teachers model positive behavior and teach the children about different character traits with the help of our Primrose Friends. Primrose Friend Katie® the cat has a courteous nature, teaching children about cooperation and helping them learn how to develop friendships. With Katie's help, Primrose teachers read books that emphasize cooperation to their classes, and Katie encourages children to think of real examples of cooperation to make connections to their own lives. Cooperation is an important life skill that contributes to professional and personal success, so it follows that parents and educators should encourage this behavior as early as possible in small children. Research indicates that learning and practicing cooperation at a young age helps foster emotional health, increases self-esteem and motivation, and results in greater sensitivity and trust toward others. That's why Primrose Schools, The Leader in Educational Child Care®, weaves activities that involve cooperation throughout our Balanced Learning® curriculum. "We want children to learn to cooperate with others as a way of life," said Mike Hummer, Owner of Primrose School at Moorefield Station. "We help our students develop cooperation skills by facilitating fun activities that encourage them to work together, by modeling behaviors that they can imitate and by partnering with parents so teamwork is reinforced at home."

Learning doesn't stop at the end of the school day. We partner with parents to provide guidance on how to reinforce our classroom activities at home. We encourage them to talk about book characters who are cooperative, and to applaud and celebrate moments when their child exercises cooperation in real life. At Primrose School at Moorefield Station we understand that social/emotional skills are just as important as academic milestones. That's one of the reasons our students are consistently successful in kindergarten and beyond. To learn more about the Primrose Schools Balanced Learning® curriculum or how to enroll your child at Primrose Station, please visit School at Moorefield PrimroseMoorefieldStation.com or call 703.726.9306.

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2015 Elections and Budget The next couple months are an important and busy time of year for the community. Although much of the work has been underway for several months now, the “Triple-Play” that will occur over the next two months will impact the community for years to come. The “Triple-Play” I refer to includes several elements: 1) the possible election of Brambleton residents to local county positions, 2) the election of the next two resident BCA Board members, and 3) the adoption of 2016 Operating Budget. Brambleton is fortunate to have two residents running for two important positions within Loudoun County. Current BCA Board Vice-President, Tony Buffington, is in the midst of a very active campaign to be our next Supervisor for the Blue Ridge district, and former BCA employee Beth Huck is running for the At-Large position on the Loudoun County School Board. Both Beth and Tony are passionate about serving Brambleton and the greater Loudoun community. In their future roles as Supervisor and School Board member, they will have the opportunity to continue their great work. As a resident, I support them both and wish them success with their goal to make a difference. Brambleton will also hold an election within the community. This November, residents will elect two directors who will serve on the Board of Directors for the next 3 years. Residents who have a love for our great community and are seeking the opportunity to make a positive impact are encouraged to complete and submit a nominating petition by Oct. 7th. The roles and responsibilities of a BCA

Director are outlined in our Governing Documents. If you have an interest, give me a call, or let’s set up an appointment to discuss this further. More information on the candidates and election will be available mid-October, once the candidates nominating deadline has expired. The 2016 Operating Budget has been drafted and will be presented to the BCA Board at its October meeting. 99% of the budget has been assembled, with just a few outstanding numbers to be included in the final draft. The greatest impact to the 2016 Budget will be the new annual replacement reserve contributions that have been identified as a result of an updated reserve study. This study shows that some of the capital components within BCA’s responsibility, such as the private streets, facilities, and trails have doubled and even tripled since the last study was performed in 2011. This has resulted in significant increases in these areas

of the study, and the necessary annual contributions are included within the proposed budget. I’ve included an overview of the reserve study process in this issue of the newsletter as well. From my perspective, this “TriplePlay” is all good news and has great potential to positively impact the community for years to come. The decisions that will be made over the next two months will take positive steps in a direction that are favorable to the continued success of the community. I look forward to seeing how things come together and the success that will come with it. Your vote is needed. Be sure to vote in both the County election and BCA elections. Sincerely,

Rick Stone PCAM, LSM General Manager



Bram Residents Want to Serve You at the County Level Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager The contributions of its residents will transition a development into a community. Brambleton has two special residents who have given their valuable time, knowledge, and passion to positively impact the community over the years. Tony Buffington and Beth Huck are two such residents who have both decided that they want to take it to the next level and make a difference in the County. With similar goals and passion, this month’s Resident Spotlight will feature both Tony Buffington and Beth Huck. How have you been involved in the community? Tony: In addition to living in Brambleton with children who attend our schools, I have been involved in the community on many levels. In addition to being an appointed member of the Loudoun County Heritage Commission, I’ve spent several years actively serving the community of Brambleton as a member of the Grounds and Facilities Committee, resident-elected member of the Board of Directors, and current Vice


President of the HOA. Beth: First and foremost, I have lived in Brambleton for over 6 years now. I have been an active volunteer in my children’s schools, as a general volunteer, as room mom, and I served on the PTA as a committee chairperson, and as VP for two years. I have also served on the Loudoun County Commission on Youth for the last 4 years, serving as chairperson for 3 years. The Commission advocates for youth and youth programs within the county, as well as reports to the Board of Supervisors on the current state of Loudoun county youth, addressing areas of concern as well as successes. In addition to that, for nearly 5 years, I worked happily for BCA as the Community Lifestyle Manager. I loved serving my community in this way, and in that role I wore many hats. I managed the community’s vast amenity portfolio, including all parks, pools, trails, and facilities. In addition, I developed, planned, and managed all community events and programs. During my time with BCA, we experienced growth unlike other areas in the county and even the country. I found ways to improve and grow our events and programs to new levels, increasing revenue to offset the costs, and identifying cost savings in day-to-day operations, all the while providing a high level of customer service to our residents, as well as maintaining strong relationships with my core vendor base. With a heavy heart I left my position in June to focus on my health and my family. I believe this experience will serve me well as a Loudoun County School Board member.

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Why did you decide to run for the County elected office? Tony: Whether it’s my time as a U.S. Marine, federal law enforcement supervisor, Loudoun County Heritage Commissioner, or volunteer community servant for Brambleton; most of my adult life has been dedicated to public service. That said, Loudoun is where I've decided to raise my family; therefore, I have a strong desire to make it one of the best places in America to live, work, shop, play, be educated, and raise a family.

Beth: Since moving to Loudoun, I have been an active volunteer and leader in the community, as mentioned above, so it goes without saying I’m not one to just want change or improvement. I’m willing to act, to serve, to work, and to make things happen. We have great schools in Loudoun County and some of the best right here in the Brambleton area; however that growth has left us with schools bursting at the seams with students. With several new schools coming on board over the

next several years, I want to make sure that parents’ voices are heard, that we act in the best interest of all students, and make the best decisions to make the most out of what we have to work with. I believe a great school board is made up of a diverse group with unique perspectives. The school board currently hosts teachers, lawyers, business professionals, etc. It also hosts a multitude of personalities. I have a history in early childhood education; however, I believe I have so much more to offer than that. I am a compassionate individual and often referred to as the “voice of reason” in many difficult situations, as I listen, gather information, and then act. As the At-Large member, I desire to be the Board member that parents feel they can contact and know their concerns will be heard. It’s not about the politics or party affiliations; it’s about the kids. What issues are important to you? Tony: •

Reducing traffic congestion in and around the Brambleton area by accelerating road construction, building local alternatives to the Greenway, and supporting the effort for distance based tolls.

Ensuring a quality public education system in schools that are not overcrowded and offer full day kindergarten.

Maintaining a strong public safety system.

Strengthening our economy – to include our rural economy – in a way that increases business tax and tourism revenue for the improvement of our roads and schools while preserving the scenic nature of western Loudoun.

Maintaining current protections for our Rural and Transition Policy Areas.

Improving broadband and cellular coverage in western Loudoun.

Maintaining an affordable residential tax rate.

Keeping residents engaged, informed and involved in the decision making process.

Beth: There are so many important issues in education, but I think that one of the most urgent needs for LCPS to address is how to keep up with the rate of residential growth. We must do better with keeping up with that growth; we have to weather through the growing pains with creative problem solving so that we ensure that our students and teachers have everything they need to be successful. That includes our students with disabilities and learning challenges, as well as our gifted students. Other issues that I feel are priorities are to: •

Create a clear plan for implementing full day kindergarten for all of Loudoun

Cultivate educational excellence – moving away from teaching to standardized tests and moving

toward more hands-on learning environments •

Support existing programs and implement new programs that offer assistance to at-risk students.

Improve communication between all stakeholders – students, parents, teachers, school administration, school board, and the greater Loudoun community.

I have a true heart for service in advocacy for youth and youth programs. My history can speak to my work, both professionally and personally, in Loudoun and beyond, always striving to leave things better than I found them. If you want someone with a true heart to serve, who will be a good steward of LCPS resources, someone who will listen with an open-mind, and advocate for all students …that’s me. You can find more information about Tony’s and Beth’s passions and desires to serve the community of Loudoun County on their websites at www.tonybuffington.com and www. BethHuck.com. 



Post Approval Inspections Elizabeth Stulga, CMCA - Design Review Manager The Association takes a proactive approach to maintaining the community as attractive and well-kept. One method used is to conduct ongoing proactive inspection campaigns. Some of these include inspections for the proper operation of carriage lights, the proper storage of waste containers, and adherence to the Property Maintenance Standards. In 2015 the Association began another proactive inspection campaign to include post approval inspections for exterior modifications. These inspections are generally performed between 13-18 months after the approval was granted by the Covenants Committee. The goal of these inspections is to review and verify that approved modifications have been completed within a one-year time frame, and to determine that the improvement has been constructed or installed as approved. Inspections also allow staff to observe if the proposed project was not started and to document that the approval has lapsed. If the inspection reveals that action is necessary, notice is sent to owners to advise the next steps required. Staff will also send notice to let owners know if the application is now void


as a result of the project’s not being started in the one-year time frame. So far, staff has found that most projects are being completed within the time granted and that they have been constructed as approved. Some of the most common items that require follow-up attention include: •

The addition of lattice or landscape screening for decks which are not greater than four feet from grade.

The need to correct a modification to match, in all regards, the builder provided options.

The requirement to modify an

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improvement to comply with the approval or to re-apply for the modification as constructed/installed. If the improvement does not ultimately receive approval, time is granted for removal or modification. As this can be expensive and time-consuming, the Association encourages applicants to read and fully understand the terms of approval from the Covenants Committee. If you ever have questions regarding a project, the guidelines or the application process, visit the website or contact the association at 703-5426263 or Elizabeth Stulga at designreview@brambleton.org. 


Committees Help Connect Residents and the Association Rosemarie Linder, CMCA, AMS, PCAM - Director of Resident Services Brambleton’s Committees serve in an advisory capacity to assist the Board of Directors in meeting its responsibilities to maintain, protect, preserve and enhance the community. Committees consist of resident volunteers that are appointed by the Board of Directors, and they serve at the pleasure and the direction of the Board.

All committees have specific responsibilities which are outlined in their charter and all have common responsibilities, to include:

To provide a resource for residents to provide input. Brambleton’s Committees typically meet monthly at the BCA Management Office. At every meeting, there is an open forum for residents to address the members.

To prepare future community leaders through interactions with staff, residents, and the Board. We know that most of the successful candidates for resident Board member have previously served on an advisory committee.

To perform research and prepare recommendations for the Board.

The Board seeks participation from residents throughout the community to serve on Association Committees. The Association regularly publishes calls for eligible resident volunteers to fill open Committee seats. A brief overview of the various Committees serving the Board is detailed below. Links to each committee page include the Committee Charter and contact information for the Staff Liaison.

The primary responsibility of the Activities Committee is to advise the Board of Directors, in a reasonable and productive manner, on issues pertaining to planning, organizing, and hosting community activities. This is the Committee behind the events that bring Brambleton together. The goal of the Brambleton Kids Care Committee is to empower the next generation of Brambleton’s residents and to facilitate their development and growth towards becoming compassionate, service-minded citizens. Through various community service projects, this Committee provides opportunities for Brambleton’s children to help those in need, both locally and globally.

The Covenants Committee is responsible for reviewing submitted design review applications, considering violations of the Association documents, and taking enforcement actions. The Covenants Committee is a required committee of the Association’s governing documents and regulates the external appearance,

use, and upkeep of the property, and is also responsible for enforcement of the Association’s governing documents. •

The Financial Advisory Committee reviews financial reports and audits, considers and monitors investments, reviews and recommends funding for capital projects, and develops and recommends financial policies/resolutions to the Board.

The Grounds and Facilities Committee’s primary responsibility is to advise the Board of Directors on issues related to rules, policies, maintenance, upkeep, and the use of the common grounds and facilities.

The Safety & Security Committee serves as a resource for residents with concerns. They meet regularly with the Loudoun County Sheriff 's Deputy assigned as the Community Policing Officer serving the Dulles area, and they make recommendations to the Board regarding safety and security matters in Brambleton.

If you have questions or need more information about the role of committees within the Association, please contact us at hoa@brambleton.org. 


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Residents are responsible for the daily operation of carriage lamps located on their property. If you are experiencing trouble after attempting to replace the bulbs, some suggestions to consider are: •

Check the contacts for the bulb. Over time, debris can collect in the fixture and obstruct the contacts. •

Check the breaker or GFI switch associated with the fixture. It could be that the breaker or GFI switch may need to be reset.

The sensor may need to be replaced. Sensors typically have a life span of a few years. Most national home improvement stores have them in stock or an electrician can perform the replacement.

If these steps do not restore the light to operation, an electrician may be necessary to further troubleshoot the problem.

Beaverdam reservoir Open House • October 27, 2015

Help us shape the long-term vision for Beaverdam Reservoir at this open house for the community!

When: October 27, 2015 • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: National Recreation and Park Association 22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, VA 20148

Questions? Call: 571-291-7893


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We all know what an invaluable resource Beaverdam Reservoir is for our community, not only as a source of safe, reliable drinking water, but also as a wonderful recreational asset. Both Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks staff will be on site at this Open House event to answer questions and solicit your input for the future of the reservoir. Please make time to come, even if only for a brief time. Your voice is very important to the long-term vision of Beaverdam Reservoir. For more information, please vist the NOVA Parks website at www.nvrpa.org.

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The Importance of Association Reserve Studies Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager Brambleton Community Association recently completed a reserve study of all the Association’s major capital components. A reserve study is a long-term capital budget planning tool which identifies all the major capital components that are owned by the Association, the useful life of those elements, and the current status of the reserve fund. The study outlines a stable and equitable funding plan for the repair and replacement of these components when the time comes. The reserve study is prepared by an outside independent consultant on behalf of the Association and is considered a best practice. Virginia state statute mandates that studies be performed at a minimum of every 5 years; within a developing community, reserve studies may be performed more frequently based on the pace of development. Reserve studies are, in essence, a planning tool designed to help the Board anticipate and prepare for major repair and replacement projects. They are also considered to be a best practice to ensure that residents “pay

as they play” for capital assets. If you live in the community for five years, you pay for those five years. This is a preferred method, opposed to a special assessment, where only the residents living in the community the day of the special assessment pay for that asset. The reserve approach is considered an equitable and responsible way to assure that the finances are there when you need to replace that component. In addition to identifying the needed finances for a reserve component, the study also provides the maintenance and operations staff with a roadmap of projects that are due for repair or replacement on any given year. Those projects can be prioritized based on their condition, use, or other factors that the Board determines necessary. The reserve study is merely a roadmap that can be used in many different ways. The method used to fund the reserves is typically determined by the Association’s Board of Directors. There are a couple different methods of funding

reserves. The component method and the cash method are two of the more popular methods. BCA has always used the cash method. This method typically requires lower contributions due to the fact that funding is based on the maximum cash needed to fund reserves expenses at its highest level, versus the component method, which considers funding based on the total funding for all components within the study. The component method of funding typically requires a much higher level of funding. Funding the reserves according to the study will assure for a healthy, stable and well-maintained Association. In a developing community such as Brambleton, residents may see increases in assessments the year after a study is performed. This is typically a result of an increase in the new components resulting from the new construction that are added to the study. This will be the case in 2016 for Brambleton due to the fact that we have nearly tripled the number of streets, doubled the number of pools and play equipment, and added 10 times the miles of trails since the last reserve study was completed. These new components will impact the amount of reserve funds that are needed on an annual basis. Funding to the level of reserves that is stated in the study will assure that the Association remains in a strong financial position. This, in return, will positively impact the property values throughout the community so that we all will benefit when it comes to the resale of our homes. 


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News from the Developer Brambleton Sponsors Loudoun County Public School Challenge Event on October 22nd.

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and Natalie Perkins, Owner of Bella Ballerina!

The Innovative Solutions Consortium (ISC) has partnered up with the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development and Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce to hold the LCPS Challenge Event. The ISC will use its open innovation process to bring in potential solutions from around the world. The top finalists will compete on October 22nd, demonstrating how their solution will help Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS). It is their goal to bring the best solutions to the county we call home. Loudoun's 40 Under 40 Honorees Announced The prestigious "40 Under 40" list is out, and we’re happy to congratulate two Brambleton Town Center “celebs” who are on it: Dr. Shane Costa, Owner/Dentist at Little Smiles and Costa


Leesburg Today’s “40 Under 40" awards recognize Loudoun’s rising business and community leaders, honoring 40 bright stars under the age of 40 annually. Meet the Brambleton Town Center Merchants: Ramos Santos, Scotto's Rigatoni Grill When you walk inside Scotto's Rigatoni Grill, you will feel like you just stepped into Italy. The smell of perfection and homemade food surrounds you thanks to Ramos Santos, owner. After Scotto's openend in 2006, Ramos was given the opportunity to

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go after the American dream, and he says "Now this is who I am." Everything is homemade, from the garlic bread to his meatballs, dough and sauce; local Italians love it! Going on his 10-year anniversary, Ramos enjoys giving back to the community that has given so much to him. Through sponsorships and fundraising, Scotto's supports local schools. He is doing his part to make a difference in our community. Whether you are dining in, ordering take-out, or having Scotto's bring it to you, he makes having homemade Italian food easy. Just when you think it can't get any better, Scotto's makes your life easier by offering catering for any event, too. If you haven't made it to Italy, now is your chance, just a lot closer to home.

The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a twoday, 150-mile cycling tour (which was held on September 19th and 20th) to raise money for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and other local area hospitals. It’s an amazing experience for an amazing cause.

What I love most about my job is getting to help people right here in our community. From the child getting her first pair of glasses so that she can see the board at school to the mom whose baby scratched her eye and needs medical attention, we are able help people of all ages with their eye and vision needs. I love being an optometrist because I can instantly see how my expertise and care can improve someone’s quality of life. I love educating patients about their vision and their eye health and providing them with the best products available to maximize their vision. A big reason for starting my own practice was being able to take the time with each of my patients to get to know them and their families personally so that I can offer the best vision correction and eye health recommendations for their specific needs.

What drove you to participate in the charity ride?

What do you like about the Brambleton community?

Cancer is near to my heart because my niece was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when she was just three years old. She went through over two years of treatment, and we are blessed to say that she’s now a bubbly girl who just started third grade. Just seeing the hardship that she went through, along with my brother and sister-in-law, motivated me to join this ride. I did this charity ride for my niece and all of the other friends and family members affected by this disease.

I love Brambleton! Not only is the setting beautiful, but also the people are amazingly nice and wonderful. Most of my patients are from right here in the community and will even recognize each other in the office and stop to chat together. Our favorite activities are the Halloween Trick or Treat and the Red, White, and BRAM summer festival! My five-year-old loves Go Bananas and Sweet Frog, of course. Brambleton is a warm and inviting community and we are so lucky to have had the opportunity to open our practice here.

Make sure you check out Brambleton's YouTube channel to see a behind-the-scenes look into Scotto's Rigatoni Grill and live testimony from customers who enjoy Scotto's, just like us! Humans of Brambleton: Dr. Meera Sutaria Meet Dr. Meera Sutaria of InSight Eye Optique. Find out about her involvement with the Ride to Conquer Cancer, why she enjoys optometry, and her five-year-old’s favorite thing about Brambleton. Can you tell us about The Ride to Conquer Cancer?

You’re also involved in the community as an optometrist at InSight Eye Optique. What do you love about your job?

When you’re not working or training, what keeps you busy?

Definitely my kids! My daughter will be five in a few weeks and is starting kindergarten this year. My son is almost 18 months and is a little ball of energy. We like to spend time as a family exploring the northern Virginia area and traveling to visit other family members. Town Center Tidbits www.brambleton.com/towncenter Did you know? •

All SweetFrog frozen yogurts are kosher certified. All of the machinery and utensils used in making the yogurt touch only dairy products.

Tuesday night at Nick's, kids eat free.

Lost Rhino now offers fundraising with a 10% kickback.

Johnny Rockets hosts birthday parties!

Introducing Birchwood at Brambleton: Life Refreshed Calling all Baby Boomers and Empty Nesters! Birchwood at Brambleton is a 55+ community for the young at heart with homes and amenities designed for senior living within a refreshing, friendly and secure neighborhood in Loudoun County. Of all the 55+ communities in the D.C. Metro area, Birchwood at Brambleton is the only neighborhood designed as a vital upgrade for a generation that’s full of vitality, and the only community that includes all the perks and conveniences of a masterplanned community like Brambleton. Be sure to sign up on our website, www.brambleton.com, for more information. Spotlight Realtor of the Month: Gina Tufano Our Spotlight Realtor of the Month


on our website is Gina Tufano from Ask Gina & Company (AGC). A NJ girl (exit 16), Gina moved to Sterling in ’94 where she still lives, obtaining her REALTOR status 2 years later and the rest is history. She’s happiest at home with her 3 sons, 2 cats, and kitchen dance parties.

Gina happily made the switch to Keller Williams Realty Loudoun Gateway in 2011. KW takes a different approach to real estate, one that is built on personal touches, win-win deals and positive results. This culture is at the heart of the AGC teammates; we truly believe in building careers worth having, businesses worth owning, and lives worth living. AGC utilizes the latest technologies, market research and business strategies to exceed your expectations. More importantly, we listen and that means we find solutions that are tailored to you.

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Single Family homes are priced from the upper $500s

Average Base Price of a Brambleton Single-Family Home = $683,320

Average Base Price of a Brambleton Town Home: $470,964

Brambleton Sales Project to Date Sales = 4,813 (opened Sept. ‘01) •

SF Homes = 1,999

Townhomes = 2, 015

Condos = 799

SF Homes = 74

Townhomes = 208

*Prices, terms, conditions subject to change. New Home Information Packet – http://issu.com/brambleton 

Townhomes: •

Towns and Villas are both priced from the low $400s

Miller & Smith's Tremont is sold out. Because of this, their average base price has dropped nearly 7%.

Van Metre has changed their pricing structure so that all their prices now end in $-990. 2 model homes are currently for sale: Hill-

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2015 Year to Date Sales = 282

Single Family Homes: •

Winchester's prices increased on average 5.7% over last month. Most floorplans increased by $10k. They have added a 2 story expansion to their Portman model. The new base price is $649,900, and the new square footage has increased to 3,120. They are no longer offering the Mason or Danfield.

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It’s that time of the year again! The Van Metre Companies Foundation Presents: The 4th Annual Cornhole Challenge!

For the second year in a row, the beneficiary of this year’s event is HomeAid Northern Virginia and our goal is $50,000!



A single-elimination cornhole tournament for a cash prize and the illustrious Cornhole Challenge Trophy. Every team member gets automatically entered into the raffle, which includes prizes such as golf passes, trip to the spa

HomeAid Northern Virginia undertakes the renovations and constuction of facilities that care for thousands of homeless families and individuals each year.

and Redskins tickets! The tournament will be held during the 11th Annual Brambleton Fall Fest. All participants and registered guests will receive free entry to the Festival. Enjoy food, drink, rides, live music & more!

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BWHS Music Boosters News & Notes Helisa Whitley, Publicity Coordinator The Briar Woods Falcon Regiment just kicked off its performance season at the first home football game on September 18th, and at the US Bands Competition in Annapolis, MD on September 26th. The band’s program features the music from STAR WARS this season. Come out and enjoy the show at one of our home games this fall, or visit www.bwhsmusicboosters. org to see a schedule of other October performances and competitions.

Fundraisers The Falcon Regiment, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic and Jazz Bands will travel to Williamsburg, VA in April to perform at Busch Gardens. Fundraising efforts will help support the students' travels to this event.

Thanks for TAG Day Support: On Saturday, Sept. 12, band members visited BWHS area neighborhoods, door-to-door, to request donations and promote all band programs. The students appreciate the support and encouragement that they received from the Brambleton community during this important fundraiser.

Head Wraps, Yard Flags, and more. Visit www.bwmusicboosters.org to view selections and order.

Citrus Sale: The Music Boosters have partnered with Florida Indian River Groves to provide delicious, fresh fruit. Visit fruitorder.com and enter Organization ID 322826. Orders will be taken through October 23 and delivered in November, just in time for the holidays.

Annual Mattress Sale: Even though the sale was in September, you can still purchase and save up to 50% retail on top quality mattresses.

2015/2016 Falcon Gear: Order your Sweaty Band Headbands, Fleece

Washington Redskins Raffle: Only 500 tickets will be sold. Prizes include 2 tickets (plus parking) to the November 29th Redskins-Giants game, a signed DeAngelo Hall replica jersey, and more.

For more information on upcoming performances, fundraisers and all of the latest on Briar Woods bands, visit www.BWHSmusicboosters.org or email BWHSMusicBoosters@gmail. com.

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Ashburn and Gum Spring Library Program Highlights for October 1book 1community: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is the 2015 selection for Loudoun County Public Library's 1book 1community program. The book is available for free at library branches beginning October 1. •

Gum Spring Library, Thursday, Oct. 15, 7:00 PM (for teens and adults)

Brambleton Teen Lit Book Club – Brambleton Community Center, 42645 Regal Wood Drive. Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30 - 7:30 PM (for teens and adults)

Gum Spring Library, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7:00 PM (for Grades 6-8)

Ashburn Library, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7:00 PM (for teens and adults)

Share Your Story: Saja, My Journey from War to Hope - Sunday, Oct. 4, 2 PM, Gum Spring Library Graphic Novels/Comics Book Club: March: Book 1 by John Lewis. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7:00 - 8:30 PM at Comic Logic, 44031 Ashburn Shopping Plaza, #281. For adults. High Octane Book Club: The Prophet by Michel Kortya. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7:00 PM at Gum Spring Library. For adults NaNoWriMo: November is National Novel Writing Month. Gear up for a month of writing by sharing your story ideas, discussing writing tips and trying fun writing exercises with fellow novelists. For adults & teens. Prep Session is Saturday, Oct. 10, 1:00 - 3:00 PM; kickoff is Saturday, Oct. 24, 1:00 - 3:00 PM at Ashburn Library. Children's Book Club: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George. Thursday, Oct. 15, 7:00 - 8:30 PM. For Grades 4-5. Ghost Hunting with Paranormal Investigator Walt Gavenda: Monday, October 19, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, Ashburn Library. For teens and adults. Brambleton Adult Book Club: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman at Brambleton Community Center, 42645 Regal Wood Drive. Monday, October 19, 7:30 - 9:00 PM. Family Trivia at Velocity Wings - Family fun trivia with Gum Spring Library staff. 25360 Eastern Marketplace Plaza, #150, South Riding. Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Washington West Film Festival: Family friendly short film program featuring selections from this new festival. Winning films from LCPL's Teen Film Competition will also be shown. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2:00 PM, Gum Spring Library Modern Adult Programs: Adult Retro Gaming. Sunday, Oct. 25, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Gum Spring Library For more information, visit www.library.loudoun.gov for a full, detailed calendar of events. Or Like Us on Facebook and get our recent updates.


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Loudoun County Seeks to Update Transportation Plan Impacting Evergreen Mills Road Rosemarie Linder, CMCA, AMS, PCAM - Director of Resident Services On the evening of September 10th, Brambleton Community Association staff attended the open house hosted by Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning regarding the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPAM). The proposed amendment seeks to add a segment of Evergreen Mills Road from Belmont Ridge Road to Northstar Boulevard to the Countywide Transportation Plan, and to amend the entire segment of

Evergreen Mills Road between Northstar Boulevard and Loudoun County Parkway to an ultimate four-lane divided facility. At the direction of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, County staff is currently conducting public outreach. It is anticipated that in the upcoming months, the Planning Commission will receive a briefing on the CPAM prior to their public hear-

ing. The Planning Commission will then hold a public hearing on the draft documents and convene subsequent work sessions, if necessary. The CPAM will ultimately come before the Board for public hearing and final action. Background and more information regarding the proposed amendment can be found here on the Loudoun County website. BCA will share updates on this CPAM as information becomes available. 


Enjoy a Safe & Fun Halloween Season Around Brambleton Rosemarie Linder, CMCA, AMS, PCAM - Director of Resident Services

If your children are anything like mine, anticipation for Halloween starts right around the time they go back to school. From the costume deliberations, the excitement of decorating and, of course, all of the treats, it’s always a fun time. While the focus is on fun, it’s important to incorporate safety into the season as well. We’ve gathered the following tips shared by the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue & Emergency Management and the Loudoun County Sheriff ’s Office for your consideration: See and be seen: If your child is wearing a mask, be sure that they can see through and that other elements of the costume do not prevent them from seeing. Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks, or incorporate reflective materials into their

costume. Keep an eye out: Remind children to watch for cars when crossing the street and driveways. Stay with an adult or group of friends and look out for one another. Choose costumes carefully: Select items that are flame-resistant or flame-retardant. Stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. Advise children to stay away from open flames, and teach them to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches on fire. Be careful with the candy: Remind your children not to eat any candy before you inspect it. Lights out means stay away: Residents that do not participate in

Halloween are encouraged to turn outside lights off as a means to let children know not to approach. Getting back to the fun, there’s so much to do before the official Trick or Treating on October 31st. Our family favorites for getting into the spooky spirit are: Cox Farms Fall Festival & Fields of Fear, open daily through November 3rd Temple Hall Fall Festival & Corn Maize, open daily through November 3rd Shocktober – Paxton Manor Haunted House, open weekends in October Village at Leesburg Annual Monster Mash, October 24 Brambleton Town Center Trick or Treat, October 25, 12:00 – 2:00 PM



Finding the Silver Lining in All That Extra Stuff Sonya Farrell, Communications Coordinator The crisp air. The vibrant colors. The return of football. Purging your home from top to bottom of all that extra stuff that has accumulated over the last year(s) or so. These are all the things we love about fall, especially that last one, right? Right? Well, if you love everything BUT the decluttering, perhaps we can help make it slightly less horrible by putting a positive spin on things. Who’s in? Release you inner entrepreneur and earn some extra holiday cash by selling your stuff RIGHT HERE! So what if Hurricane Joaquin forced a rain delay for our Fall Yard Sale? You can still sell directly from the comfort of the folding chair in your own front yard or driveway whenever you want. And when the Yard Sale is rescheduled, sign up to get your name on the neighborhood directory; you’ll have the added benefit of folks driving through the neighborhood looking for some good sales to hit up. No shipping hassles, no emails from princes from far-away lands promising to buy your goods online if you’ll just send them a check for $5,000. Just


collect your cash on the spot and enjoy all that extra space in your house. Get the warm fuzzies by helping your neighbors in need. So maybe you didn’t sell everything at the yard sale. Or maybe you just moved to the neighborhood and you suddenly realized that you’ve got more stuff than your new house has space. Donating your used items is always a great way to free up space and help someone out (and possibly get a nice tax deduction). There are several volunteer or non-profit organizations that will gladly accept, and in some cases, even collect your old items, including the Good Shephard Alliance, Mobile Hope, Goodwill, Purple Heart, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, Salvation Army, and more. This time of year, when it seems everyone is finishing up DIY projects around the house, Loudoun Habitat for Humanity is a fantastic option, as they will pick up (free of charge) large items such as used appliances, building materials, cabinets, doors and windows, flooring materials, furniture,

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lighting fixtures, and more. These items are then repurposed and used in the building and furnishing of local affordable housing for working individuals who qualify for these homes and devote their own sweat equity hours in the constuction of them. You can also drop off smaller items at Habitat's ReStore location in Leesburg, which resells them at affordable prices. When it just isn’t good for anyone anymore, trash it. But call ahead first. Our trash service provider, AAA Republic, will pick up almost anything for you. But if it’s large (old patio furniture or play equipment, for example), you will need to call ahead at 703818-8222 to make arrangements with them. There may be a charge, depending on the size or nature of the item. However you decide to repurpose your items and your space, just do it. Move it out, and move on. A clutterfree space will make you happier and possibly healthier, more productive, and maybe even a little richer. And if you can help someone else out at the same time, everyone wins.

A Sustainable Landscape: It's Easier Than You Think Nancy Caldwell, VCE Loudoun County Master Gardener Sustainability. It’s a term we hear a lot these days, but what exactly does that mean, especially as it relates to our own lawns and gardens? And why should we care? While there’s no single definition, a sustainable landscape incorporates native plants and thoughtful design and maintenance practices that support and protect the environment. But it doesn’t stop there, says Doug Tallamy, esteemed entomologist and author of “Bringing Nature Home.” Sustainable landscapes also support us by filtering our water, trapping carbon from the atmosphere, supporting food webs and pollinators, and producing oxygen. That doesn’t mean we should all be ripping out our lawns and planting prairies! Our suburban landscapes offer a great opportunity to support wildlife and pollinators and protect the environment. For starters, instead of eliminating the lawn entirely, think about reducing its size. Is there space for a native pollinator garden that supports bees and butterflies? How about planting native trees and shrubs that provide food and habitat for birds? A good example, says Tallamy is the humble oak, a native that supports 534 species of caterpillars, an important food source for birds. Compare that to the Asian gingko that supports just one. Next, let’s rethink the way we care for lawns. Grass blends that are adapted to this region such as tall fescues require less fertilizer, pesticides and water to maintain. Instead of resorting to chemicals to beautify the lawn, add a layer of compost each fall. It not only improves the soil; it results in a thicker lawn with fewer weeds and requires less water. Instead of bagging grass clippings, use a mulching mower to recycle them back into the lawn. The clippings will break down and enrich the soil. Leaves, too, are a great soil amendment that can be mowed over and left on the lawn to decompose. Finally, take a look at water usage. Over-watered plants may grow too fast, and run-off contributes to groundwater pollution. Lawns require only one inch of water per week. Use a rain gauge to determine how much Mother Nature is providing, and supplement when needed. If you can live without a lush green lawn all summer, stop watering entirely and let the lawn go dormant in August. It will bounce back when cooler fall temperatures return. For ideas on how to invite nature back into your own suburban landscape check out “The Living Landscape” co-authored by Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke. If you’d like to find native plants, trees and shrubs in our area, check out the Virginia Native Plant Society website at vnps.org.


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42395 Ryan Road, Suite 210 Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 703-542-6263(p) 703-542-6266(f )

Trash: Tuesdays & Fridays Yard Debris: Tuesdays (March - Dec)

HOA@brambleton.org www.brambletonhoa.com BCTV, FiOS Channel 42 After-Hours Emergency Contact: 703-385-1133 Assessment Payment Options

Trash Collection

ly call LCSO at (703) 777-1021 or 911 if it is a crime in progress.

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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 will not be accepted.

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

Residences at Brambleton (FSR)


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

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Committees Activities Committee

Financial Advisory Committee

Upcoming Meetings:

Membership: Open

Chair: Mark Davis

October 13, 7:30 PM

Upcoming Meetings:

Membership: At chartered capacity

November 10, 7:30 PM

October 21, 7:30 PM

Upcoming Meetings: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

October 27, 7:30 PM

President: Kim Adams

Brambleton Kids Care General Membership: Open

Grounds & Facilities Committee

Upcoming Meetings:

Chair: Walter Berkey

November 16, 7:30 PM

Membership: At chartered capacity

October 20, 8:15 AM December 1, 8:15 AM **Annual Meeting: Nov. 17, 7:00 PM

Upcoming Meetings: Covenants Committee

Upcoming Meetings:

October 20, 7:30 PM

Chair: Mike Dorrity Membership: At chartered capacity

Safety & Security Committee

Upcoming Meetings:

Chair: Dave Pavlik

October 5, 7:00 PM

Membership: One seat open

* All Association Committee and Board 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 visit http://www.brambletonhoa. com/committees or contact HOA@brambleton.org, call 703-542-6263 for more information on joining a committee.

BCA Board of Directors: Call for Candidates The Association has two Board seats opening up this fall and is placing a Call for Candidates for residents who are interested in running for a seat on the BCA Board. The two Board members being elected this fall will both hold 3-year terms.

Election Calendar •

Candidate/Nominating Petition Deadline: October 7th, 5:00PM

Election Opens: October 26th, 9:00 AM

The Board regularly meets every even month at 8:15 AM, with possible additional meetings to handle special Association business.

Annual Meeting Notice Mailed: On or about October 28th

Paper Ballot Deadline: November 13th, 5:00 PM

Specific requirements and duties for Board members can be found in the Association's governing documents. If you have questions or interest in running for this position, or would like to obtain a Nominating Petition or a copy of the Election Guidelines, please contact Rick Stone at rick. stone@brambleton.org or visit www.brambletonhoa.com/410/annual-meeting.

Online Elections Close: November 16th, 5:00 PM

Annual Meeting and Election: November 17th, 7:00 PM


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 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM or email HOA@brambleton.org. Make sure you leave your name, age, any certifications, telephone number, and address for proof of residency in Brambleton.



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Tips on Winterizing Your Home Sarah Conrad, Covenants Advisor Give your home a once-over and tend to winter preparation tasks and repairs before the year’s first frost. “Getting the exterior of the home ready for the cold winds, snow, and ice is critical for keeping Old Man Winter out and keeping it warm and toasty inside,” says Reggie Marston, president of Residential Equity Management Home Inspections. Brambleton’s Covenants Team encourages residents to perform a walk around the outside of their home to take note of items that need attention. By being proactive, you’ll lower your energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home’s components, and make your property safer. We’ve collected the following suggestions from Bob Vila, the most trusted name in home improvement, home renovation, home repair, and DIY. Windows and Doors Examine wooden window frames for signs of rot or decay. Repair or replace framing to maintain structural integrity. Repair and areas with peeling paint. Check for drafts around windows and doors. Caulk and replace weather stripping where necessary, to keep heat from escaping. Inspect windows for cracks, broken glass, or gaps. Repair or replace, if needed. Lawn, Garden, and Deck Trim overgrown branches back from the house and electrical wires to prevent iced-over or wind-swept branches from causing property damage or a power problem. Ensure rain or snow drains are directed away from the house to avoid foundation problems. Remove any attached hoses and store them away for the winter. Shut off exterior faucets. Drain water from outdoor pipes, valves, and sprinkler heads to protect against pipe bursts. Inspect decks for splintering, decay or insect damage, and treat, if needed, to prevent further deterioration over the winter. Clean leaves and dirt between the boards of wooden decks to thwart mold and mildew growth. Inspect outdoor lighting around the property. Good illumination will help minimize the chance of accidents on icy walkways at night. Check handrails on exterior stairs to make sure they’re well secured. Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Inspect the firebox and flue system to ensure that they’re clean of any soot or creosote and that there aren’t any cracks or voids that could cause a fire hazard. Check fireplace for drafts. If it’s cold despite the damper being closed, the damper may be warped, worn, or rusted. Clean or replace the air filter in your furnace for maximum efficiency and improved indoor air quality. Check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. Make sure fans are switched to the reverse or clockwise position, which will blow warm air down to the floor for enhanced energy efficiency and comfort. Gutters, Roof, and Drains & Vents Check for missing, damaged or warped shingles and replace as necessary before you get stuck with a leak. Check for deteriorated flashing at the chimney, walls, and skylights; around vent pipes, seal joints where water could penetrate. Check the gutters and downspouts for proper fastening, and re-secure if loose or sagging. The weight of snow and ice can pull gutters off the house. Ensure all vents and openings are covered to prevent insects, birds, and rodents from getting inside to nest in a warm place.


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