We’ve made it to June, which means the pools have opened, the days are getting longer, and school is finally letting out. The dog days of summer stretch out ahead of us with all of the wonderful outdoor activities available for you to enjoy. I love summer for the hiking and biking; bbq’s and pool parties, tan lines and concerts. Unfortunately during summer break we see a huge increase in all types of vandalism throughout the community. We notice spikes in vandalism every time there is a break from school (winter, spring, and summer), but we get hit the hardest during the summer since the weather is conducive to being outside even late at night and not all kids have a set routine with early morning alarms and homework to keep them occupied. We see everything from spray painting on overpasses, streets, sidewalks, tunnels, and tot lots, to the breaking of light fixtures in the tunnels and tennis courts, setting fi re to things, knocking over light poles on the walking trails, breaking into the pools and throwing the deck furniture into the deep end, putting firecrackers into and smashing mailboxes, tipping over or stealing portable restrooms, stealing fi re extinguishers from Broadlands Live tents, and breaking into the stone house to drink and do drugs. We’ve even had instances of people breaking into the pools overnight and defecating in them, which is not only repulsive for those having to clean up the mess, but disrupts the on time opening of the pools to the rest of the residents and early morning swim practices. These acts of vandalism costs the association in valuable resources, from staff time contacting the sheriff’s department and fi ling police reports to paying contractors to clean up the mess. These efforts take resources away from other association funded activities and improvements. Nobody wants to take their young child to a tot lot for a play outing, only to find the slide covered in phallic symbols. The association has and will continue to press charges against those caught in the act, and will cooperate with the sheriff’s department in these cases. I have been subpoenaed as a witness for hate crimes that have taken place on association property. I have called parents who thought their children were safe at a sleepover but snuck out and have been caught trespassing in the middle of the night. I have taken calls from residents who have heard the teens yelping when jumping off the diving board into the chilly waters of the Southern Walk pool in September after the pools have been partially drained, which could easily lead to a broken neck or back. The association contracts with an independent security company to help patrol the community and they helped to catch at least three sets of vandals in 2014; however, they cannot be omnipresent. We rely on our residents to help keep an eye on our precious assets, and speak to and know the whereabouts of their kids. If we make ourselves aware of the issues affecting our surroundings, we can keep Broadlands a vibrant and safe community. To report suspicious activity, contact the Loudoun County non-emergency number at 703-777-1021.
“Under the Sea” brings a virtual visit to the beach with LIVE SEA ANIMALS! Get up close with a ghost crab, mole crab, horseshoe crab, clam and more! Learn about waves, sand, tides, and the sun. Kiersten Gibizov, a naturalist with Under the Sea, has been offering one of the best programs on aquatic life with a wide variety of live sea animals!
Program Time: Nature Center 10:30am-12:00pm, Doors open at 10:15am
Cost: On-day of event: $5.00/child
WHEN: May 8, 2015 @ 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
WHERE: Hill Side Park – next to Old Stone House, 43051 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, VA 20148
WHAT: Celebrating a Dozen Summers of Rockin’ in the Broadlands! 2nd FRIDAYS MAY THRU AUG
TONIGHT’S CONCERT: Melodime with Virginia Blend (Country and Rock Originals)
Free concert, BYOB, ID’s required for alcohol consumption. No glass please! Purchase Broadlands Gear to take with you…blankets, reusable solo cups, lanyards, etc. For more details on the calendar of entertainment, parking and vendors, please visit http://www.broadlandslive.com/calendar.html
This meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 15 2015 at the Broadlands Clubhouse, located at 43360 Rickenbacker Square. The doors open at 6:30 PM for the purpose of registering a quorum. The agenda begins at 7:00 PM. As part of the meeting, an election will be held to select three (3) members to three-year terms ending in May 2018. Even if you plan to attend, you are strongly encouraged to submit your online proxy so that a quorum may be obtained. You can change your proxy online at any time before the meeting, or you can rescind it and vote at the meeting via paper ballot.
The purpose of the meeting is to elect members to the Board of Directors, including three (3) members to serve three year terms expiring May 2018. The Board oversees the business of Broadlands in the collection and expenditure of association funds, selection of contractors, management of facilities, and adoption of policies for the day-to-day operations. These volunteer Board Members are a vital asset to the association.
New this year, the Board has contracted with The Inspectors of Election, LLC to act as an independent third party election service. The main reason for this addition is to provide the association’s members the option to vote via paper Proxy Ballots or vote your Proxy online via their TIEiVOTE™ voting website. The online system offers you an easy way to vote in a safe, quick and cost effective manner.
The Inspectors of Election will mail the official annual meeting notice and election package or about April 1, 2015, which will contain unique login information for each unit to access the TIEiVOTE™ voting website. Proxies should either be submitted online via the voting website or will need to be mailed, faxed, or scanned to the Inspectors of Election, LLC. Proxy forms will not be accepted at the HOA Office.
For those of you that submitted their names for candidacy in the election, we thank you for your willingness to assist in the success of your community. Remember to mark your calendars for May 5, 2015, the Annual Meeting of Broadlands Association, Inc.
The existing section of Gum Spring Road adjacent to the Stone Spring Emergency Center and the Stone Spring hospital (currently under construction) will close to through traffic immediately beyond the entrance to the emergency center. All traffic will use a new section of Stone Springs Boulevard on the north side of Route 50.
Also, southbound traffic on Gum Spring Road will be transitioned to the new road section which extends to Route 50 across from Stone Springs Boulevard. Detour signs and message boards will be in place to advise motorists of this change.
Broadlands Spring Yard Sale, Saturday, April 25, 8:00am-2:00pm
Come shop and sell at the Broadlands spring Community Yard Sale, rain or shine at private residences throughout the Broadlands neighborhood, The Arbors and The Van Metre Broadlands Apartments. The HOA will publicize the yard sale in Ashburn Today, Leesburg Today, Loudoun Times-Mirror and The Washington Post. To participate, please click on this link to create your listing and retrieve a map: https://www.broadlandshoa.org/yardsale/
This event will be held at 42920 Broadlands Blvd, next to Clyde’s and will feature live music, hands on activities, market place and much more! Visit Earthdayatloudoun.org for more details.
Questions: Please contact Broadlands HOA Wildlife Habitats Committee at email@example.com or 703-725-8040.
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Cost: $4/child pre-paid – closes noon on Friday ($5/child day of the event)
Who lives in the pond in front of the Broadlands Nature Center? Is the water healthy for living things? Bring your family outside to study the Nature Center pond with ANS naturalists! Together we will see what we can catch in our nets, complete a habitat survey and even take a look at the chemical composition of the water. A program introduction will run at 10:30, 11:15, and noon. Start at one of these times and stay as long as you like (until the program ends at noon). Rain boots are recommended, and remember to dress for the weather and for the possibility of getting muddy. This outdoor event will run rain or shine. Only freezing temperatures or thunder & lightning will send us inside. Registration link and fliers will be posted soon.
Pool pass processing is now available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Nature Center HOA office. For those members who cannot make it during our normal business time, we are offering the following days with special hours to get your pool pass picture taken:
- Sat May 16 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Thu May 21 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Sat May 23 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Sat May 30 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
For information on how residents can gain access to our pools, please visit our website at Broadlandshoa.org/Pool Information. Feel free to contact the HOA office at 703-729-9704 with any questions.