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Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
April 2003

 

President's Message

Thanks to Fairfax County Zoning Inspector,
The Trash Pile
Disappears on Roundhill Road

Remember the pile of trash pictured on the front of the February issue of The Rambler? It took a while, however, our local Fairfax County zoning enforcement inspector tracked down the owner of the house and arranged for the trash to be removed.

The Rose Hill Civic Association appreciates the continuing efforts of the Zoning Enforcement inspector to help keep Rose Hill property in compliance with the laws regarding property upkeep. We currently are working with the inspector on a number of other problem properties.

In the Roundhill Road case, a number of neighbors contacted RHCA, which in turn contacted the zoning inspector. After a lengthy search, the inspector located the owner and made sure the trash was removed. The owner had moved out and left the trash behind.

In addition to the Zoning Inspector, RHCA works with the Police, Health Department, and the Director of the Blight Abatement program to help make sure our community looks good. There are some tough issues currently being pursued by all of the County groups.

Residents are reminded that unkempt properties are subject to actions by one or more of the County agencies. No more than one small commercial vehicle is allowed on each property and no commercial vehicles are allowed to be parked continuously on public streets in a residential neighborhood. Inoperable or untagged vehicles also are illegal on private property.

Also, there are regulations concerning the amount of persons who may reside in residential properties such as Rose Hill. There are numerous properties that have a large number of cars, indicating potential overpopulation of the property. Using more than 25 percent of the front yard for vehicle parking also is illegal.

As you know, RHCA views Rose Hill Drive as the community's 'main street.' It appreciates the effort of all those who maintain the grassy area between the sidewalk and the curb and urges that cars not be parked in that area.

RHCA is committed to making sure our community does not go downhill because of neglect or misuse. Everyone's financial best interest is involved. If you have a question about enforcement, or wish to report a potential violation, contact any of the RHCA officers.

More important, if you have a situation that requires assistance, please contact the Association so we can direct you to the proper County agency.

Webmaster NoteFairfax County has a very informative webpage with telephone numbers to report specific zoning violations.  Click in the following to visit their website.

Neighborhood Concerns and Services

Library Anniversary

Forty years ago, on April 21,1963, the John Marshall Library first opened its doors in the Rose Hill Shopping Center. The 2,450-square foot facility had room for 20,000 books. However, there were only 6,000 available on opening day. Because of the limited supply, a limit of two books per adult and one per child could be checked out at any one time.

Today, the Library has 13,5594 square feet and boasts more than 95,000 volumes! The present facility opened on February 18,1975. It cost less than $600,000 and was built on land donated by the developer of Rose Hill and Virginia Power.

More than 163,000 visited the library in fiscal year 2001, the last year for which a count is available. Over 325,000 items were circulated that year. There were 164 programs with an attendance of 6,804.

Over the years, the library and its staff have become an integral part of the fabric of our community. The Rose Hill Civic Association and its members salute the library and its staff on its 40th anniversary. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to use the community room for our meetings nine times a year. Despite our sometimes noisy intrusions, we always have been treated with courtesy by an understanding staff.

The next time you stop by the library, congratulate the folks on 40 wonderful years and wish them good luck as they start on another 40.

Rose Hill Beauty 2003

Over the next month, judging will take place to determine our community's best-looking properties. We will be looking for those properties that are well maintained, both the house and the yard. You can help by either becoming a judge or nominating houses in your block that you think deserve recognition. Call or e-mail any of the officers with your offer to help as a judge or nominate a property. ONLY MEMBERS OF RHCA WILL RECEIVE A SIGN! All properties cited will be noted in both The Rambler and on our website, myrosehill.com. If you forgot to sign up as a member of RHCA, fill out the form on page 3 and mail it, along with your check, to RHCA. It has been a hard winter and those of you who continue to keep your property looking great deserve recognition. Your community appreciates your effort.

Membership List Update

We apologize to Kathleen Schaefer of 622 Blossom Lane, who was one of the first to join RHCA for 2003 last December but we did not get her name on previous lists. We also misspelled Zellman Hoffman's name and Michael and Shirley Doyle's in last month's Rambler.

The following residents have signed up since the March Rambler (list as of April 14):

Jerry & Nida Antonio, 6406 May Boulevard
Jenny Arias & Nelson Rodriguez, 4524 Apple Tree Drive
Charles W. Beach, 4429 Roundhill Road
Bill Braswell, 6307 Roundhill Road
Dave & Soo Kyung Choi, 4514 Roundhill Road
Craig & Carol Contardi, 6517 Haystack Road
Bill & Sally Dankers, 6511 Carriage Drive
John & Betty Elliott, 6411 Maryview Street
Paul & Klm Furman, 4713 Apple Tree Drive
William & Christina Gerke, 4905 Apple Tree Drive
Michael & Brenda Greene, 6711 Greendale Road
Carole Guzzetta, 6407 May Boulevard
Mark & Vicky Hall, 6324 Maryview Street
Don & Lynn Hoffman, 5002 Treetop Lane
Kevin & Kelli Hoover, 6314 Saddletree Drive
Jim & Susie Hudson, 6413 Maryview Street
Anne Jackson, 6108 Leewood Drive
Jim & Leigh Jackson, 4903 Silo Road
Helen Johnson, 4517 Apple Tree Drive
Mildred A. Johnson, 6513 Haystack Road
Marvin & Francis Justice, 6402 Rose Hill Drive
Pete & Lynn Luginbill, 6327 Rose Hill Drive
Frank & Marge McConnell, 6220 Thornwood Drive
George & Susan McKittrick, 6113 Clovergrass Drive
Edward & Catherine Mulner, 6316 Climbhill Road
Channing Nixon, 6515 Cottonwood Drive
Alosia & Gregory Partridge, 6702 Telegraph Road
Jeska & Charles Pfefferle, 6503 Haystack Road
James & Marie Sherfey, 6415 Rose Hill Drive
Carolyn Slenska, 6308 Climbhill Road
Bill & Jean Stemple, 6306 Cottonwood Drive
Barbara Taylor, 4433 Roundhill Road
Stanley & Cynthia Thomas, 4701 Split Rock Road
Jeff & Rebecca Todd, 6314 Willowood Lane
Paul Turner, 4414 Roundhill Road
Monroe & Helen Varney, 4520 Roundhill Road
Gerry & Virginia Villareal, 6301 Climbhill Road
Jean Welch, 4516 Sturbridge Place
Charles & Patricia Wimberly, 6506 Haystack Road

The 2003 Membership Campaign is over. If you have not already joined and want to support RHCA, please fill out the on-line RHCA Membership Form and drop it in the mail. And, we still are accepting donations for the plantings at our entrance at Rose Hill Drive and Franconia Road and the new flag display on the hill at Lee District Park overlooking Rose Hill Drive. Thanks to each of you who care enough about your community to support RHCA's efforts to make it an even better place to live.

Directory Update

Thanks to Norm Cherkis and Jim Sapp, the Rose Hill community directory is online at myrosehill.com. It is provided both in alphabetical order and by street name. An asterisk indicates members of RHCA. If you find a error, please contact me immediately at sellcarl@aol.com or by calling 703-971-4716. If you are not online, a limited number of printed copies, for RHCA members only, will be available at the monthly meetings starting in May.

If your name is misspelled or any of the information is incorrect in the on-line Rose Hill Directory, please call one of the officers and we will correct it.

--Carl Sell

MyRoseHill.com Update

Just a little over a year ago your RHCA embarked on a project to develop a community website. From a modest beginning, the website has steadily evolved into one of the primary means, second only to The Rambler, to share information with the Rose Hill community. The name itself, MyRoseHill.com, captures the fundamental purpose of its development. A place for everyone in our community to keep abreast of the work done by your Association on behalf of our community. A place for you to find important information about the County and State, including your representatives and public servants who represent and protect your interests. A place to learn about our heritage and the progress we have made over the past 50 years as a community. Most importantly, a place to call your own .... MyRoseHill.com.

If you have not visited your website lately what are you waiting for? New and important information is added on a regular basis including some really useful links to help you find what you need. Need a plumber? Your cousin's new telephone number in Alaska? Renew your automobile tags? A part for your washing machine? Take a stress test? Or, do you simply want to have a little fun? It is all there just waiting for you. Check it out. I do not think you will be disappointed.

After you have had a chance to visit, please take a minute and let us know how we are doing. This really is YOUR website and we want it to be the best it can be. If there are changes or additions that you would like to see made just drop me a note at sapp@erols.com and I will take care of the rest. Happy surfing' everyone.

--Jim Sapp

Inova Healthplex, New Park Sign to Be Discussed on April 22

There will be two speakers at the Tuesday, April 22 meeting of the Rose Hill Civic Association. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the John Marshall Library. All Rose Hill residents are welcome to attend.

Leon Plenty, manager of Lee District Park, will lead off the program by presenting plans for a new sign at the park entrance at Rose Hill Drive and Telegraph Road. He also will update the Association on the monopole issue.

Kimberly Veal, a Registered Nurse and Patient Care Director, will report on the many services provided at the Inova Healthplex in Franconia-Springfield. The Healthplex includes a 24-hour emergency facility, numerous doctor's offices, and diagnostic services.

Inova Healthplex is located off the Franconia-Springfield Parkway and can be reached via Walker Lane off Beulah Street. You can access the Healthplex going west (toward 1-95) on the Parkway but you cannot return to Franconia via the Parkway. Access from the Parkway is available for emergency vehicles only coming from 1-95 of Springfield and points west.

Although not a full-service hospital, the facility helps fill tremendous need for interim care in the Franconia-Springfield area. Patients who need to be admitted for more than emergency care are transferred to a nearby hospital.

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the new sign for Lee District Park and get information about the new medical care facility that is very convenient to our community.

--Carl Sell

Editor's Notes

Treasure Trove in Springfield

Your unwanted items take on a renewed value as a donation. The Treasure Trove is collecting household goods, jewelry, and gently worn clothing for the new store in Springfield. Everyone is welcome for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on April 25 at 11:30 am. Festivities will continue through the weekend at the store. The Treasure Trove is located at 6416 Springfield Plaza. Check it out!

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for Inova HealthPlex, located off the Fairfax County Parkway near the intersection with Beulah Road, and for the new Treasure Trove. If you would like to help out, please call Volunteer Services at Fairfax Inova Hospital, 703.698.3447.

White House Web Tour

Thanks to the White House Historical Association, you can tour the nation's most famous home without ever leaving your own. The association's website (www.whitehousehistory.org) gives historical facts and pictures of many areas, including the Green Room, where Thomas Jefferson took his breakfast, and the East Room, where Abigail Adams once hung laundry.

--Marry Williams

Visit www.myrosehill.com for all sorts of community information such as the community directory, maps, history, and links to our parks, government, and library.

RHCA Positions Available
(Volunteer, of course!)

Rambler Distributors

Person needed to pick up The Rambler from editor, have it printed (at Mail Boxes, Etc. in Kingstowne) and distribute copies to each route. Involves counting newsletters for the routes and separating into bags. This person also will be responsible for maintaining the roster of volunteers who deliver The Rambler. (All the mutes are presently covered and we have several standby substitutes.)

Commitment is about 3-4 hours over the Thursday-Saturday before the 4th Tuesday of each month that The Rambler is printed (September-November, January-June).

In addition, we are looking for someone to sell ads for The Rambler in order to help offset the costs of production.

Since Marty Williams has started as our new editor, she is looking for someone to take her delivery route of The Rambler. Delivery takes place the weekend before the 4th Tuesday of the month.

If you can help, please give Carl Sell a call at 703-971-4716.

 

COMING THIS SPRING
The Fairfax County Home Grown Farmers' Markets Program is opening their newest market at the Plaza at Kingstowne Towne Center in May.

 

The next Rambler deadline is May 11, 2003.
The next delivery weekend is May 24-25, 2003.

Advertising in the Rambler

We have recently received several inquiries concerning advertising in the Rambler. While a listing in the Business Directory is free to Rose Hill residents who own their business, placing an actual advertisement is open to all with rates as follows per month:

Business Card size 3 1/2" x 2" $10
Quarter page size 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" $25
Half page size 7 1/2" x 4 3/4" $50
Full page size 7 1/2" x 9 3/4" $100

Ads may be bought for either one month only, month-to-month, or as many months in advance as desired. Our newsletter is published nine times a year, excluding July, August and December.

Advertising in the Rambler is an excellent way to reach the 700+ homes in our community. In addition, the ads each month are placed on our website www.myrosehill.com for the world to see.

Anyone interested in placing an ad may call me at 703-924-7192. Artwork can be sent to marty-williams 2000@yahoo.com in tiff or jpeg format or hardcopy mailed to P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310. Checks made out to RHCA should be included with ads and sent to the P.O. Box.

Marty Williams

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