Monday, May 19, 2014

5 Tips to Get You Ready for Summer


Traditionally Memorial Day marks the start of the summer season. With just a few days to go til summer can officially begin, here are 5 tips we have to make sure you’re ready for a fun-filled summer in Brambleton.


1. Give Your Diet a Berry Boost
Make sure to grab your berries at the Sunday Farmers’ Market here in Brambleton. According to the experts, a cup of mixed fresh berries – blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries – every day helps improve your diet! Berries not only load you up on antioxidants, but are a great source of fiber, which helps keep cholesterol low.

2. Get Out and Enjoy the Sun
With miles of trails, parks, playgrounds and sports fields, there is plenty to do outside. Keep the kids busy and away from behind the TV by encouraging the whole family to get out and move. Enjoy a nature stroll or a game of catch. Or host a family get-together with potato sack races. There’s plenty to do! Click here for more ideas.

3. Stay Hydrated
With all your activity outside, make sure you stay cool and avoid dehydration. The most important thing is to drink plenty of water. During summer, you sweat more, so you have to make sure to replenish the water in your body. One tip you can try is to fill up a water bottle and put in in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour. The “iced-water” will last much longer. Take one of these to the pool and you’re set for an ice-cold drink when you come out of the water.

4. Protect Your Skin
The sun can do much more damage than simply give you a painful sunburn. Protect yourself with SPF sunscreen of at least 15. In addition, make sure to wear a hat, sunglasses and clothing made of dark, tightly woven materials that will absorb ultraviolet light better than cotton fabrics in lighter shades. Keep in mind that even umbrellas or shade trees provide only moderate protection from ultraviolet light, and they don’t protect you from the reflections of many surfaces.

5. Keep Pets Safe
The summer months can be uncomfortable for us humans, but imagine having a thick coat of fur! Remember to never leave your pets in a parked car – not even for a minute. Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. Also, limit exercise on hot days and adjust the intensity and duration in accordance with the temperature. Finally, always provide your pets with plenty of water, as they get thirsty too! For more safety tips, check out The Humane Society’s website.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

May Edition



Kick the Tick in Brambleton This Sunday, May 18th!
Race Brambleton is excited for its next event, the 4th Annual Loudoun Lyme 5k, which will take place this Sunday, May 18th at the Brambleton Town Center.   The Loudoun Lyme Run will drive awareness and raise money to help find a cure for Lyme disease - the number one tick-borne illness in the United States. The event includes a free information fair to educate the public about Lyme disease, its causes, symptoms and treatments. Pre and post activities include a kid's fun zone with games and prizes, refreshments, vendors, and raffles!  For more information, please visit www.loudounlyme.org.


Creighton's Corner Spring Fundraiser
Earlier in the school year, The Brambleton Group promised Creighton's Corner PTA to match (up to $10K) whatever money they raised for their playground fund this year. 

The school easily rose to that challenge, raising over $20K on their Spring Fundraiser Read-A-Thon! Then they won $30K towards a playground makeover from the Dannon “Rally for Recess” contest! Clearly they are well on their way to that new playground, thanks to community support and volunteer spirit. It’s the volunteers who keep CCES at the top of the list with the most volunteer support out of all Loudoun County Public Schools!  Way to go Colts!

ANNOUNCING THE 2014 BRAMBLETON TOWN CENTER GRAND PRIX!
After many years hosting one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier races, Evolution Cycling is proud to announce a new town center venue for 2014: the RGS Title / Prosperity Home Mortgage Brambleton Town Center Grand Prix.  

The RGS Title Brambleton Town Center Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, June 22, 2014 and will feature a new 6-corner, 1-km course that is sure to become an “instant classic” on the MABRA calendar!  Click here for more information.

Brambleton's Farmers' Market Season Kicks Off
Begin your Sunday summer routine at the Brambleton Market! Fresh warm crepes await you at the market. Walk, run, or bike to the market and make it a family outing.

Follow Facebook to see what the producers are up to and what is happening at the market.  Sundays 9am to 1pm. Same location: the Sport & Health Parking Lot by Olympia Dr & Soave Dr.  Market Manager: Nancy Murphy.  Click here to view the Grand Opening event photos.

Brambleton's Realtor Red Carpet Fun 
Realtors were the stars of the show during Brambleton's Realtor Red Carpet Event on April 22nd. Celebrity host, Ellen, entertained the local celebrities (and even served up Oscar-worthy pizza), the paparazzi was buzzin' around for the latest scoop, and everyone enjoyed some silly photo booth fun - even this great selfie. Click here to view all the event photos.

Town Center Tidbits
  • Did you know that our local Caribou Coffee will transition to Peet's Coffee & Tea this summer? While the store is closed for renovation, you'll still be able to get your morning  beverage fix at Peet's Mobile Experience which will operate from the parking lot (6-11 am on weekdays and 8 am to noon on weekends). And as an added bonus, the mobile experience will serve freshly brewed coffee, tea and espresso for FREE! We anticipate Peet's to open by July.
  • Regal Fox Stadium 16 & IMAX has just begun its twelfth annual Stars of Hope charity drive! Stars of Hope benefits several great charities, including The Will Rogers Institute, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital. In 2013 Regal Entertainment Group raised over 4 million dollars, and we hope to exceed that amount this summer! Please think about contributing the next time you visit Regal Fox Stadium 16 & IMAX.
  • Bicycle Outfitters is holding their very first Sunday retail hours from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Saturday hours are from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Hours are set to continue through the summer.  
  • Spider Man Mania is in full swing this May at Regal Fox Stadium 16 & IMAX!  Stop by for your opportunity to purchase Regal’s exclusive Amazing Spider Man 2 tee-shirt and receive a free large popcorn!  Additionally, pre-purchase your digital copy of The Amazing Spider Man 2 and instantly receive a free copy of the first Amazing Spider Man!  These are outstanding gift opportunities for both Dads and Grads, so stop by Regal Fox Stadium 16 & IMAX today!
  • Great Gift Idea From Bloō Dental – Need to brighten your smile for Prom? Or maybe you need a gift for Dad or an upcoming Grad.  Well they have a great whitening offer at Bloō Dental. Custom take-home whitening trays for $150! This offer is good through June 30, 2014. Please call their office to schedule an appointment, 703-327-5533. Don’t forget to Like Bloō Dental on Facebook.
  • Do You Feel Like You are Not Getting Enough Sleep? – Do you have a significant other who keeps you up at night snoring? Sleep apnea could be to blame!  Many people suffer from sleep apnea and/or snoring and may be unaware of the issue.  Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can help. Their office provides simple yet effective treatment for those suffering from sleep apnea and snoring.  Call for a free consultation today! 703-542-7000.
  • Northern Virginia Orthodontics CELEBRATES Teacher Appreciation Week! From May 2 - July 31, 2014 they are giving employees of our school system $500.00 off full treatment!  As an added bonus, once they begin treatment each teacher will enjoy a $100.00 Amazon gift card for classroom supplies. Give them a call at 703-327-1718 for more details. Restrictions apply. New patients only.
  • Sport&Health – The earlier you join, the more you save!  MAY FREE (including month-to-month memberships)!  Call 703-879-2006 or send an e-mail if you have questions.   
  • Rappaport Companies organized a successful Community Safety Shred on Saturday, May 3rd - click here to view photos of the event.
  • The Brambleton Town Center Tenant Annual Field Trip was held on Tuesday, April 29th.  Students from Legacy Elementary were given a chance to learn how businesses operate at the Brambleton Town Center.  Click here to view all the event photos.
Builder Buzz
www.brambleton.com
  • Big day in Brambleton on Saturday, May 10th for five new model home grand openings! Stop by soon to see Winchester Homes' Your Home + Your Way single-family model in the Glenmere neighborhood (23504 Quillback Court) and Miller and Smith's South Lawn & Skyview Collections Models (23549 Epperson Square).  Click here for view Brambleton's Model Home Map.
  • Need a new home now?  Click here to view Brambleton's Quick Delivery homes
  • Single-Families = priced from the upper $500s to upper $700s
  • Average Base Price of Brambleton SF = $672,323*
  • Townhomes = priced from the lower $400s to mid $500s
  • Average Base Price of Brambleton TH = $481,979*
*Prices, terms, conditions subject to change.

New Home Information Packet: www.issuu.com/brambleton
Model Home Map: www.issuu.com/brambleton

How does investing in Brambleton compare to Loudoun County?
Brambleton Investment Comparison: www.issuu.com/brambleton

                                                  Brambleton All of Loudoun
Average Sold Price                 $549,499         $471,368
Average Days on Market       44                     47
List Price/Sale Price               98.58%            97.2%

RE/MAX Gateway Brambleton
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Brambleton Community Association News Flash
The Brambleton Community Association's all new website will be LIVE in the next few days - be sure to check it out here www.brambletonhoa.com.  More exciting news from the BCA will involve a very special hatching in the next few weeks! Be sure to stay tuned as details unfold LIVE online here.

May 2014 NewsletterThis is the latest monthly community news from the Brambleton Community Association. Click here to view the May Newsletter and click here to view the New Resident Handbook (iPad friendly). You can also follow their latest news LIVE on Facebook.


Corner Pool Grand Opening
Grand Opening for the Brambleton Corner Clubhouse & Pool will be Saturday, May 31st from 4-10 PM.  Residents will take a tour of the new facility, enjoy some beer from Lost Rhino and BBQ from The Q Company.  There will be a DeeJay, give-aways, new media demonstrations, and a special new addition to Brambleton will be revealed.  BallPark Bus will also be making stops throughout the community to pick residents up and drive them to and from the new facility. 

Sponsorship OpportunitiesThe Brambleton Community Association is always looking for area businesses who would like some exposure and advertising.  A great way to do this is through Brambleton event sponsorship.  There are a lot of options available, including customizing packages to make them work best for your business. Click here to download the sponsorship form.


UPCOMING EVENTS - http://issuu.com/brambleton/2014

May 12th – Brambleton’s direct mail launch
May 18th - Loudoun Lyme 5K Race
May 18th – Peet’s Construction begins (Mobile Experience will offer free coffee, espresso & tea 6-9am)
May 24th  – Grand Opening* for Winchester’s Glenmere Paxton Model
May 24th – Pools open
May 26th  – Memorial Day, Welcome Center Closed
May 31st – Grand Opening* for Van Metre’s Clover Hill Towns
May 31st  – Grand Opening of the new Brambleton Corner Club House & Pool 4-10pm
June 7th – Grand Opening* for Camberley Towns 
June 9th – 15th – WINC FM Radio Ad
June 13th – LCPS Last Day of School
June 15th – Father’s Day
June 14th-15th - Washington Post Wrap Ad
June 22nd – Brambleton Grand Prix
June 25th – Peet’s completion date*
June 26th – 1st Summer Concert
June 28th – Red, White & BRAM

* Anticipated

Loudoun Chamber campaign adds 177 new businesses

The Loudoun County Chamber added 177 new members in its three-day #UniteLoudoun Campaign, bringing to 1,300 the number of businesses in the county that are members.

The Chamber's #UniteLoudoun Campaign was designed to build and sustain the economic climate and quality of life in Loudoun by strengthening the leading network of businesses and community leaders that are engaged through the chamber. 

More than 250 local business, community and government leaders participated in #UniteLoudoun by helping to spread the message of the chamber’s success in helping local businesses prosper while working to create a world class community here in Loudoun.  

Brambleton is proud to be one of those businesses and would like to ask for your vote for best #UniteLoudoun photo - TODAY is the last day, so please click here and cast yours!   We love to live, work, play and #UniteLoudoun in Brambleton.

Silver Line to get nearly $2 billion in federal loan; Toll Road’s rates unlikely to rise until 2018

The Silver Line project will receive a low-interest, long-term federal loan of nearly $2 billion to help pay for the second phase of the project that will extend the new line to Dulles International Airport and farther into Loudoun County.  Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has signed the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan, the largest in the history of the federal program, Virginia’s congressional delegation announced Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIFIA program gives credit assistance to help finance major surface-transportation projects. The Silver Line is one of the largest infrastructure projects being built in the United States.   Click here to read more.