By Kristi King | @KingWTOP
First responders from all over the planet have begun descending into the Metropolitan Washington area for the World Police and Fire Games that begin this week. “These are essentially the Olympics for cops and firefighters around the world,” says World Police and Fire Games Sports Director, Tony Shobe, who is a 2nd Lieutenant with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office.
Ten days of competition from June 26 to July 5 will include athletes from 70 countries participating in 61 different sports. Most are standard Olympic events, while some are what Shobe characterizes as “off the wall sports” such as darts, bowling, orienteering and dodgeball.
Most of the 53 venues will be in Fairfax County, which is hosting the event. But they also extend from Loudoun County to National Harbor in Maryland. The Opening Ceremony Friday, June 26 is at RFK Stadium in D.C., including a parade of athletes and lighting of the torch. All the events are free. Some, such as the Opening Ceremony will be ticketed because of space limitations.
Opening Ceremony @ Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Date: June 26 @ 6PM (Gates open at 4PM)
Ceremonial events to include: Welcome celebration; parade of athletes; lighting of the torch; Athletes’ Oath; and an after ceremony musical concert celebration. Come join us as we celebrate the Opening of the Fairfax 2015 Games and welcome athletes, family and friends from around the world.
The Brambleton Town Center is proud to welcome the world’s athletes and wish them all GOOD LUCK! Don’t forget to check all the deals available to you, your families and the volunteers here. There will also be a Brambleton Bus available this weekend only from the Ashburn Ice House to the Town Center !
Help Support Insight Eye Optique’s Dr. Sutaria in Her Ride to Conquer Cancer®!
Dr. Meera Sutaria and her husband, Harsh Sutaria, will be participating in the 2015 Baltimore/DC Ride to Conquer Cancer®, a two-day, 150 mile cycling journey through the Capitol Region to raise funds that will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care at Johns Hopkins’ Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial and Suburban Hospitals. However, they can’t complete this huge feat without your support! Visit dc15.ridetovictory.org or contact Insight Eye Optique to learn more about the ride and how you can help support their journey!
Kicking off Summer Fun in Brambleton this Thursday!
Sizzlin’ Summer Concert – June 25th* RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 27th: The first concert of the season is just around the corner, featuring 80’s night with Toxic Mouse! Join us at the Town Center, dressed in your best “hair band gear.”
Gates open at 6:00 PM (ID’s will be checked), and the show starts at 7:00 PM. Giveaways to the first 200 kids. Ooh Dat Chicken food truck will be on site. BYOB, chairs, and blankets. No pets allowed.
Red, White & BRAM- June 27th, from 6PM to 10PM: *RESCHEDULED SUNDAY, JUNE 28th! Save the date for one of Brambleton’s favorite festivals. Enjoy live music (All Natural), dunk tanks, backyard games, dodgeball, knockerball, food trucks, beer/wine, and one of the best fireworks’ displays in the area!
Tickets are available at the gate for $5 per person (2 and under are free). Blankets, chairs, and coolers are welcome, but no outside alcohol or pets are allowed. Tents are permitted but only along the fence line. Check out a video of last year’s fun here.
First Brambleton Brew Fest Draws Large Crowd
During the first Brambleton Brew Fest, festival goers already were hoping for a similar event next year. “I hope there’s more events like this because wine and breweries are exploding in this area,” 25-year-old Sarah Francis said. “I was excited for this and can’t wait for next year’s.”Plenty of breweries, there were 24 in total, ran out of beer during the event that saw 2,500 pack the Brambleton Town Center.
The event exceeded expectations in terms of attendance, Brambleton Community Association Director Beth Huck said.
Seven food trucks also filled the stomachs of patrons, while Lost Rhino celebrated a soft opening of its second location just across the street.
Justin Eggleton hopes next year’s version goes even longer than Saturday afternoon’s five hour event. “It’s a great event,” Eggleton said. “I think next year they should make it longer. People like to drink.”
Rhino Chasers Run Club
Join the Rhino Chasers every Tuesday at 6pm (weather permitting) June-October at the Lost Rhino Retreat for an organized 1, 3 or 5 mile run through Brambleton. We’ll meet back at the Retreat to enjoy drinks, food (fees separate from FREE run) and camaraderie with fellow run and beer enthusiasts. All paces and ages welcome for run! For questions please contact: Kelly Superak firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can now follow Lost Rhino Retreat‘s live news on their new Facebook page here and check out their menu on their website here.
Make-Over Contest Winner – Eclips Salon by Stephanie Dillenseger
As part of their generous sponsorship to the Bram Brew Fest, Eclips Day Spa and Salon chose one lucky winner to receive a full make-over at their salon. The first of their Brambleton Summer Makeover Series was lucky winner, Helen!
Helen entered because she wanted something new and easy to manage, as well as something that would impress her husband. She had the same style for the last twenty years, and being a busy working mom – not much time for herself. Helen was absolutely open for anything and super excited. She wanted something easy to take care of. Robin cut over 6 inches off her hair and drastically changed her color to a rich chocolate brown. Yer applied her makeup and finished her new look. After the team was done she was very pleased with the result! Helen was great to work with and she looked beautiful.
Meet Brambleton Town Center Tenant, Dr. Rahim
The word blue is not one most people associate with dentistry. When you think blue, you may think of the ocean, which is exactly what Dr. Rahim had in mind when he opened up Bloo Dental five years ago in Brambleton Town Center. “It was always my dream to open a modern dental practice like Bloo Dental. Blue is my favorite color and the ocean is my favorite place. It brings me peace and tranquility, and that’s what I hope to bring to my patients, neighbors and friends at Brambleton.” Says Dr. Rahim.
At Bloo Dental, their team will make sure you understand every part of your visit and how your dental health is related to your overall well-being. Bloo Dental has won many awards, and they were chosen to be on the cover of the book “Doctor’s Practices” that features 60 dental and medical offices around the world. Dr. Rahim has also been featured on CNN, Fox and News Channel 8.
We LOVE To Run In Virginia! By Deb Runs
“Virginia is for Lovers; and runners. The iconic Virginia L O V E letters are currently on display in a nearby neighborhood until June 1. These letters travel around our beautiful commonwealth, and we are lucky enough to have them visiting our area for ten days!
As soon as I learned that LOVEworks would be on display nearby, I set up a LOVE run for our MRTT chapter. We met at 5:30 this morning for a run around a new-to-us neighborhood. We didn’t have a route pre-planned so we made a big loop around the main town-center.”
Thank you Deb for creating this wonderful blog about Virginia’s LOVEworks – we LOVED the LOVE jump and selfies. To view the rest of this blog, please click here and to view Brambleton’s LOVE album, just click here!
Single Family Homes:
Project to Date Sales = 4,731 (opened Sept. ‘01)
• SF Homes = 1,986
• Town Homes = 1,946
• Condos = 799
2015 Year to Date Sales = 200
• SF Homes = 61
• Town Homes = 139
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Model Home Map: www.issuu.com/brambleton
Brambleton’s Builder Model Home Video Tours Now Available! You can check out our Model Home Playlist on Youtube here.
View a list of Brambleton’s Quick Delivery homes here.
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Brambleton Community Association News
June 2015 Newsletter – This is the latest monthly community news from the Brambleton Community Association. Click here to view the June Newsletter and click here to view the New Resident Handbook (iPad friendly). You can also follow their latest news LIVE on Facebook. If you would like to advertise in their monthly newsletter, please email email@example.com. View the Media Guide here.
Sponsorship Opportunities – The 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. Download the sponsorship form here.
The 21-year-old Granados joined the team after another Colombian player, Melissa Ortiz, was injured. Granados, who was born in Bogota, Columbia, is a former member of Colombia’s U-20 National Team and was in the senior women’s national team pool.
Colombia begins play in the 2015 FIFA World Cup Tuesday against Mexico followed by a match Saturday against France and then a final first-round game against England June 17.
Granados, who plays college soccer at Vanderbilt, was a four-year starter at Briar Woods.
Loudoun Youth Commission Chair Enters School Board Race Former early childhood educator Beth Huck has entered the race for the Loudoun County School Board’s At-Large seat. She faces former Loudoun school administrator Stephan F. Knobloch in the race. Thomas E. Reed, who’s held the seat for 16 years, is not seeking re-election.Huck said she’s eager to represent her stakeholders—the kids of Loudoun—on the School Board and bring with her what she’s learned as an early childhood educator and a parent of two Loudoun County Public Schools students. She’s also served as the chairwoman of the Loudoun County Youth Advisory Commission for the last three years.
Huck, 37, and her husband Aaron live in Brambleton and have two children: Caleb, a rising freshman at Rock Ridge High School, and Ella, a rising seventh-grader at Stone Hill Middle School.
The Loudoun County housing market continued to soar in May, continuing the strong sales gains seen through the first four months of 2015. Closed sales reached the highest May-level since 2005, increasing 18.7 percent from last year, the biggest year-over-year gain for any month since late 2013. New pending also reached the highest May level in the last decade, jumping 19.2 percent compared to last May.
Active inventory, which ended April 32 percent above 2014 level is now only 12.5 percent higher than at the same point last year. This is due not only to the rapid contracts and sales pace, but the fact that new listing activity in May unexpectedly dropped 6.4 percent compared to last year, the first decrease in sellers entering the market since Q4 2014.
Should this trend of new listings missing the previous year’s levels while sales activity continues to exceed the previous year, then a scarcity in supply could begin driving up pricing pressure in the latter part of the year. As it stands now, the year-to-date median sales price is only slightly higher, gaining just over one percent from the same period last year. Half the homes sold in May were on market less than three weeks, so sellers are continuing to have offers in a remarkably short amount of time.
Metro’s 7000 series cars carry their first passengers,
in pictures by Kelli Raboy
The first train of Metro’s new 7000 series cars is in service and carrying passengers.
WMATA placed its initial order for the new set of railcars back in 2010. So far, WMATA has ordered 528 new railcars and may exercise an option to add 220 more. The first 64 cars will add capacity for the Silver Line, while the next 300 will replace the aging 1000 series, which the NTSB deemed structurally deficient, by 2017. The rest of the cars will replace Metro’s 4000 series, which are susceptible to breakdowns, and help add capacity when Phase II of the Silver Line opens in 2018.
StoneSprings Hospital Center – Coming December 2015
Silver Line Ashburn Station – Coming 2020