Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
RHCA Officers and Volunteers
Editor, The Rambler
RHCA, P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310
RHCA To Honor ‘Originals’ At Its April 24 Meeting
We have identified 29 families that moved into new Rose Hill houses during the 1950s and were still here as we celebrated the community’s 50th Anniversary in 2004. Those names have been memorialized on a plaque that will be unveiled at our April 24 meeting starting at 7pm in the community room of the John Marshall Library. Refreshments will be served!
Now, we need your help with suggestions as to where to place the large plaque. We have invited all of the recipients to join us for the unveiling and participate in a discussion as to where the plaque should be placed. Each family named on the plaque will receive a framed replica for display in their home.
Connie and Frank Beatty moved into Rose Hill in December of 1954 and Connie still resides on Rose Hill Drive. The 1955 list of Originals includes Twila and Essie Noble, Anna and Wellington Machmer, Jean and William Stemple, Jean and Robert Thomson, Helen Wagness, Alice and Edward Holloman, George and Doris Krapf, Pearl and Wesley Butler, and Tom and Wanda Violette.
The 1956 group includes Bev and Tom Eppolito, Ray and Bobby Stone, Kae and John Furneisen, and David and Gladys Tutterow. In 1957, Macy Watts, Mary and Ken Mann, Beatrice Mulvey, and Donald and Norma Jean Youmans arrived. 1958 saw Dorothy and Joseph Turner, John and Jean Madaris, Tony and Millie Lane, Mike and Bea Evans, and Ed and Penny Molner set up housekeeping in Rose Hill.
In 1959, Helen and Robert Flahive, Jayne Letsche, Jack and Dot Moore, Raymond and Evelyn Market, Russell, Phyllis and Jack Blush, and Russell and Maxine Jones arrived in Rose Hill.
Come and help RHCA honor its long-time residents who have helped make this community a great place to live, work, and play. And, since a number of Rose Hill houses were built in the 1960s, we are starting our search for those residents who have been here since their home was built. It won’t be long that they, too, will have been here 50 years. We always have room for another plaque!
Thanks to Woody Betts for conducting last month’s meeting while I was on a sabbatical at Spring Training in Arizona. I hope everyone enjoyed the Rose Hill panels that will be on display at the Franconia Museum. One thing I didn’t tell Woody and Linda Nichols last month is that we need to have our annual election. So, we’ll have to make up for my oversight this month. In order to satisfy our bylaws, we’ll continue our March meeting before we open the April meeting so we can conduct the election. Our membership drive for 2007 is over and the honor roll of members is printed for the last time on page 5. If you don’t see you name on the list, you can still join by going to MyRoseHill.com, printing out a membership application, and mailing it to RHCA at P.O. Box 10891, Franconia, VA 22310. We’ll acknowledge your membership in next month’s edition of The Rambler but we won’t reprint the entire list.
Rose Hill Beauties, Etc.
We’ll soon be awarding the coveted Rose Hill Beauty signs for 2007. They go to RHCA members who keep their property in great shape throughout the year. Remember, the signs are placed ONLY in the yards of RHCA members. Other winners will be listed in The Rambler. While the judges make their rounds looking for “beauties,” they’ll also be taking note of problems that need attention. Zoning violations, trash piles, cars with expired license or inspection stickers, etc. will be reported to the proper authorities. Residents are also reminded that the County is cracking down on overcrowded homes, particularly those single-family properties being used as boarding houses. Also, remember that only 25 percent of the front yard car be used for driveway purposes, and parking on the grass strip between the sidewalk and Rose Hill Drive is illegal. You could receive a ticket for the latter violation. Zoning violations can result in fines or jail time. RHCA is committed to keeping our community free of blight. If you see a problem and are unsure if it is a violation, contact any of the RHCA officers and we will check it out.
New Four-Way Stop Signs
You may have noticed the new four-way stops on Willowood Drive at Bee Street and Apple Tree Drive at Willowood Drive. The new signs are part of RHCA’s continuing effort to slow down traffic on our residential streets. Previously, Willowood was unencumbered from Telegraph Road to Apple Tree and Apple Tree was a straight shot from Rose Hill Drive to its eastern terminus. The new stops will interrupt those who gathered speed as they moved along. At least one motorist already has shown his or her displeasure at the interrupting by leaving rubber at both signs on Willowood at Bee Street. Hopefully he or she will do it again and someone will note the license number so we can reward that driver with a ticket to remember the visit to our community. Thanks to those residents who signed the petition that resulted in the new stop signs. We hope residents near the new signs along Willowood and Apple Tree will have an easier time getting out of their driveways. We are continuing with our efforts to introduce other traffic calming methods to our streets in Rose Hill. Please sign our petition when one of your neighbors asks for your support. If you don’t want anyone knocking on your door, please come to the RHCA meeting starting at 7pm on April 24 at the John Marshall Library. You don’t have to stay if you don’t wish to. Just sign the petition and leave. Thanks for your support. Together, we’ll make Rose Hill a safer place.
Overall Crime Down, BUT
The Fairfax County crime statistics for 2006 are in and overall crime decreased 6.7 percent. However, the robbery and burglary categories both showed significant increases. Robbery was up 18.4 percent and burglary jumped 17.6 percent. These are the categories of crime that most often occur in our community. There is some good news on those fronts, however. Preliminary numbers for burglary in early 2007 show a decrease as compared with the same period last year. What’s more the police have made numerous arrests in burglary cases, with a single arrest often closing a number of cases. Several have been the result of telephone tips to the police or Crime Solvers. If you see a crime in progress, call 911. If you have information concerning a suspect in a crime, call the police non-emergency number at 703.691.2131 or Crime Solvers at 1.866.411.TIPS(8477). Officer James Nida, the crime prevention officer at the Franconia District Station, outlined the importance of citizen reports at our February meeting. He demonstrated how a series of calls can lead to the apprehension of a criminal although none of those calls by themselves were enough to lead to an arrest. Don’t ever hesitate to call the police. They truly appreciate your help as it often pays off in an arrest.
Over the past several months, there have been several reported sightings of what appeared to be coyotes in Rose Hill. Turns out the reports were accurate. The County Police Department’s Wildlife Biologist and a Park Authority Naturalist confirm that the animals are here to stay. Coyotes will frequent fields, hunt along streambeds, and work woods for food. They prey on larger creatures such as small deer, turkey, and geese. They will lurk near outdoor compost piles and pet dishes so cats and small dogs could be in danger. Although generally nocturnal, they will come out during the day if food sources are available. If you see a coyote, the rules of engagement are simple: chase it away by yelling. Once known as an animal indigenous to the western United States, coyotes began migrating east when forests east of the Mississippi River began to be cleared. They reached northwest Virginia about 1970. Road kill such as deer is often given as one of the attractions for coyotes. Unlike a fox, coyotes walk with their noses pointed down at about a 45-degree angle and its tail down. A fox walks with its head up and its tail straight out. Coyotes are territorial, and unlike deer, their populations are self-limiting. If their numbers fall, coyotes produce larger litters. If there is overpopulation, litters shrink. That trait and their territorial nature make them virtually impossible to eliminate. This informational is courtesy of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Spring 2007 ResOURces newsletter. ResOURces first wrote about coyotes in 2004. See that article at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/resources/archives/coyotes.htm.
New Eminent Domain Law
The Virginia Legislature passed and the governor recently signed into law a new eminent domain bill that limits the Commonwealth’s ability to acquire private property. The action came in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Kelo case that public property could be taken for private gain to build big box stores, shopping malls, etc., in the name of redevelopment. The bill (House Bill 2954) states that private property can be taken for traditional public uses such as roads, schools, and post offices. It also tightens the state’s definition of blight. And that will make it tougher for the County to crack down on properties such as 4612 Roundhill Road. According to the Washington Times, local governments will still be able to acquire properties that pose a real threat to public health or safety, but perfectly fine homes and businesses can no longer be seized using vague and subjective criteria like ‘deteriorated’ or ‘dilapidated.’ Those two latter terms are most often used to describe 4612 Roundhill Road. At present, the Zoning Administrator classifies the property as ‘safe and secure’ and promises to inspect it at least once a year. We are going to have to convince somebody in authority that 4612 Round Hill Road is not a ‘perfectly fine home’ and classifies it into such a criteria that the owner either fixes it up or the County does it for him. We are getting very little help from the County at this point. With an election coming up this fall, I intend to make it an issue. We’ll see who responds.
Although there is nothing to report concerning Rose Hill proper this month, there are some scary proposals being reviewed in the Springfield area. Scary as far as traffic and its impact on roads we use everyday are concerning. First, I’m sure you have read about the proposal to send 20,000+ jobs to Fort Belvoir as the result of other military base closures around the country. Some of that already has happened on the main post and we are seeing the effect on Telegraph Road, South Van Dorn Street, and South King’s Highway. Massive development of almost five million square feet is proposed for the Engineer Proving Grounds off Backlick Road. And, Springfield Mall has jumped into the mix with a plan to change the mall from a retail center to mixed use including a total of five million square feet of retail, office, and residential. The latter will be in high-rise buildings 30 stories high. Neither the Army nor the owners of the mall have shown any plans to either improve existing or handle the new traffic each proposal will generate. In the case of the mall, the owners are trying to make the case that use of the Metro will greatly offset the added traffic. Although these two proposals are several miles away from Rose Hill, they will impact our daily lives. They certainly will enhance the marketplace for resales, but the traffic may be unbearable if proper road and transit planning is not included. So far, there is little indication of the latter. We’ll keep you informed.
Andrea Jeffries: A Rose Hill Jewel
Rose Hill Civic Association honors Andrea Jeffries for her loving care and dedication to our children for 26 years.
When you walk or drive by Rose Hill School in the morning you will see Andrea making sure that all our children arrive at school safely while, at same time, keeping the traffic moving smoothly. I, personally, have been most impressed with the care, love, and professionalism in which she protects our children and helps start their day off on a positive tone...often with hugs, pats on shoulders, and a “Good Morning.” Andrea wants all children to know that she is there for them and hopes that she is making a positive impression as she doles out the hugs and pats on the back.
Andrea feels that everyone is very special and as you watch her doing the duties of a crossing guard, you know that she is going well beyond the expectations of her position. Andrea is very special and deserves all the thanks we can give for taking such good care of our children and starting them off on a positive note. Her afternoon duties contain more of the same positive attitude.
I have known Andrea for many years. She attended Rose Hill School and has lived on Leewood Drive all her life...first with her parents, the Whites, and then later she moved across the street when she married Stephen Jeffries. They have two children, Jessica and Jacob, who both attended Rose Hill School.
When I asked Andrea what she likes best about her job, she said, “meeting lots of kids and enjoying our very diverse population.” She feels that everyone is very special in their own way! You could probably guess what she dislikes most about being a crossing guard....those very cold and rainy days!!!!!!!! (which we have had so many of lately).
When I interviewed Andrea, I discovered it was her birthday; she told me that I made her day very special! I just want Andrea to know that she makes my day very special when I get one of her hugs or a special wave as I walk by.
- Marie Sherfey
Ocean City Condo For Rent
Two-bedroom, two bath condo available for rent July 8-15. Special price for RHCA members only. Located in North Ocean City, this small condo complex is located in a quiet neighborhood, has a pool and is four blocks from the ocean. Family of five maximum. Rent Sunday to Saturday night to avoid traffic. Call 703.971.4716.
2007 Members as of April 12, 2007
Nouri & Suham Abbou, 6115 Rose Hill Drive
Audrey Kick & Halsey W. Smith, 4517 Sturbridge Place
Josephine & Margaret Alston, 6118 Leewood Drive
Y.S. Kim, 6205 Thornwood Drive
Norma & Au Gusto V. Alvarez, Sr, 6507 Carriage Drive
Y.S. Kim, 6211 Thornwood Drive
Nida & Jerry Antonio, 6406 May Boulevard
Ana & Charles Kimberly, 6504 Cottonwood Drive
R. Bagdasarian, 6214 Driftwood Drive
Susan & Brent Kroetch, 4700 Flower Lane
Frank & Rayma Bale, 6315 Willowood Lane
John & Patricia Lawrence, 6330 Maryview Street
Rick & Patti Ballard, 4519 Lark Lane
Ronald & Katherine Lender, 6406 Rose Hill Drive
M.N. Barakat, 6609 Cottonwood Drive
Jayne Letsche, 6502 Cottonwood Drive
J. Barney, 5000 Treetop Lane
Randy & Eloise Lewis, 4501 Bee Street
P.G. Bauserman, 4531 Roundhill Road
Edward & Anna Lewis, 6117 Leewood Drive
M. & C. Beach, 4429 Roundhill Road
E. A. Lynch-Upchurch, 4701 Flower Lane
Dan & Ingrid Bearth, 6417 Rose Hill Drive
Charles Long, 4602 Apple Tree Drive
C. & F. Beatty, 6428 Rose Hill Drive
John & Jane Madaris, Jr. 4422 Roundhill Road
Sandy Benarick, 6270 Rose Hill Drive
Ken & Mary Mann, 6107 Leewood Drive
Shirley & Bill Bennington, 6405 May Boulevard
Well & Anna Machmer, 6200 Willowood Lane
William & Tammie Betts, 6306 Saddle Tree Drive
Raymond & Evelyn Market, 4608 Mayor Place
Jack Blush, 6607 Cottonwood Drive
Melvin Martin, 6211 Redwood Lane
Bill Braswell, 6307 Climbhill Road
Vladimir & Melva Martinez, 6318 Rose Hill Drive
Gary Bravy, 6214 Roundhill Road
Chris & Melissa McCay, 6410 Willowood Lane
Philip & Carol Bishop, 6310 Climbhill Road
Madge McKay, 6402 Wayside Place
Chris & Ann Borchevsky, 4511 Bee Street
Mary Mayo & Sandra Johnson, 6122 Leewood Drive
Jeanette Bottomley, 5003 Eastchester Circle
George & Susan McKittrick, 6113 Clovergrass Drive
Bob Brown, 4526 Apple Tree Drive
Nancy & Donald McMinn, 4804 Apple Tree Drive
Mark & Lorraine Broxterman, 6424 Haystack Road
M. & L. Messinger, 6603 Cottonwood Drive
Pearl Butler, 6404 Cottonwood Drive
Marlene Minarik, 6518 Telegraph Road
Ron & Nancy Buzalsky, 4434 Roundhill Road
Edna Mitchell, 6305 May Boulevard
T. Campbell, 6402 Cottonwood Drive
Harold Murray, 5002 Treetop Lane
Ralph Carico, 6112 Leewood Drive
J. M. Neidermeyer, 6500 Haystack Road
John & Penny Cashmire, 4907 Silo Road
Wanda & Michael Nelson, 4425 Roundhill Road
Raul & Kelly Castillo, 6413 Willowood Lane
David & Linda Nichols, 6416 Rose Hill Drive
Roger & Carol Christiansen, 6409 Maryview Street
Songdade & Naparat Nimjareansuk, 4507 Apple Tree Dr.
Robert G. Ciccotelli, 6511 Haystack Road
Teal Norris & Fred Obermeyer, 6012 Leewood Drive
Helen Cofer, 6218 Saddle Tree Drive
William & Janelle Parker, 6417 Willowood Lane
Sally Coler, 6401 Hayfield Place
Thakor Patel, 6401 Maryview Street
Shirley Mae Collins, 6103 Leewood Drive
Anthony & Stella Peters, 4610 Mayor Place
Ron & Karen Collins, 4905 Apple Tree Drive
David & Katherine Perkins, 6224 Thornwood Drive
L. Corbin, 6221 Blossom Lane
Lucy & Larry Petitt, 6501 Carriage Drive
Steve Corbin, 4512 Lark Lane
Jeska & Charles Pfefferle, 6503 Haystack Road
Sam R. Covington, 6302 Saddle Tree Drive
Stephen & Brenda Phillips, 6408 Maryview Street
Jane & Margo Cunniffe, 4609 Mayor Place
Robert & Ginny Pinkham, 6514 Carriage Drive
V. & W. Dahlgren, 6611 Cottonwood Drive
Jo Ann Ponce, 6203 Willowood Lane
Sally & Bill Dankers & Marjorie Parkyn, 6511 Carriage Dr.
Robert & Gladys Popovics, 4903 Apple Tree Drive
Wendy Darwell, 6403 Willowood Lane
But The Nguyen, 6512 Rose Hill Drive
E. & K. Davidson, 4607 Roundhill Road
Veronia & Gustavo Ramos, 6300 Cottonwood Drive
Scott & Leah Decker, 6420 Rose Hill Drive
Nick & Vivian Rashidi, 6506 Rose Hill Drive
Barbara Digman, 6217 Blossom Lane
Gopal & Krishna Ray, 6412 Willowood Drive
Ron & Donna Dillon, 4618 Winston Place
Monica Reed, 6422 Rose Hill Drive
Robin & David Dodson, 6400 Wayside Place
J.L. & N.L. Richey, 4402 Roundhill Road
Harry Dodson, 6319 May Boulevard
Jim Ridgell, 6513 Cottonwood Drive
Steve & Holly Dougherty, 4522 Roundhill Road
Adam & Rita Rice, 6431 Carriage Drive
Myrna Downey, 6516 Telegraph Road
David Ridgway, 4609 Cottonwood Place
Brian & Mary Ellen Duy, 6309 Climbhill Road
Sylvia & Dennis Robison, 4514 Sturbridge Place
Dennis Dzierzawski, 6210 Thornwood Drive
L. Scheibe, 5010 Treetop Lane
Stien Van Egmond, 6508 Cottonwood Drive
Carl & Marti Sell, 6601 Cottonwood Drive
Beverly Eppolito, 6217 Driftwood Drive
James & Marie Sherfey, 6415 Rose Hill Drive
Michael J. Evans, 6411 Willowood Lane
Cragin & Kay Shelton, 4403Roundhill Road
Kongit & Dawit Eyob, 5205 Redwood Lane
Martin & Diana Shupack, 6419 Haystack Road
Susan Feagley, 4705 Split Rock Road
Chris & Sara Sicks, 6606 Cottonwood Drive
Tom Felleisen, 6406 Hayfield Place
Joan & George Simms, 6434 Carriage Drive
Joseph Finnegan, 6409 Hayfield Place
Burton & Debbie Slack, 4803 Apple Tree Drive
Anna Fish, 6301 Cottonwood Drive
Marlene Hass Smith, 6304 Cottonwood Drive
Helen Flahive, 6416 Cottonwood Drive
Michael Smith/Ratri Friend, 6111 Leewood Drive
Trigg Flanngan, 6514 Haystack Road
Willard L. Smith, 6004 Leewood Drive
Gordon & Cheryl Flockhart, 6223 Driftwood Drive
William & Genevieve Stemple, 6306 Cottonwood Drive
Larry & Jane Fowler, 6320 Maryview Street
Ray Stone, 4528 Roundhill Road
Barry & Zoe-Ann Freitag, 6303 May Boulevard
Terry Stone. 4522 Apple Tree Drive
Larry & Connie Fulk, 6410 Cottonwood Drive
Thomas Strah, 6421 Rose Hill Drive
Ed Funk, 4428 Roundhill Road
Donald & Carolyn Szamborski, 4614 Winston Place
K. & J. Furneisen, 4912 Treetop Lane
A. J. Taylor, 6308 Cottonwood Drive
D. B. Furr, 6412 Cottonwood Drive
Rex & Linda Taylor, 6505 Haystack Road
Janice Fox Gable, 6404 Willowood Lane
Judy Taylor & Carlos Rolon, 6503 Rose Hill Drive
Edward & Shirley Gailliot, 4801 Apple Tree Drive
Jean Thomson, 6302 Cottonwood Drive
William & Christina Gerke, 4905 Apple Tree Drive
Joanne M. Thompson
John & Erica Good, 4604 Roundhill Road
N. Tisara, 6408 Hayfield Place
Johanna Guccione, 6013 Leewood Drive
Paul Turner, 4414 Roundhill Road
Michael & Bonnie Greek, 6330 Willowood lane
Monroe & Helena Varney, 4520 Roundhill Road
Chris & Susie Guinto, 6515 Haystack Road
Derek & Angie Vereen, 6222 Thornwood Drive
Joe & Lorraine Hatcher, 6102 Leewood Drive
C. & P. Vincenzes, 6610 Cottonwood Drive
Theresa A. Harper, 6506 Carriage Drive
D.W. & N.J. Youmans, 6303 Climbhill Road
L.M. Hestvik, 4515 Sturbridge Place
Linda Walton, 4900 Silo Road
Fredy & Maxine Heyer, 4704 Flower Lane
Macy Watts, 6008 Leewood Drive
Douglas & Betsey Hoey, 6208 Redwood Lane
F. & H. Watts, 6508 Haystack Road
Alice & Edward Holloman, 4518 Sturbridge Place
Don & Nina Weber, 6120 Dew Grass Drive
Emilie Hood, 5012 Treetop Lane
Jonathan & Janelle Welch, 4516 Sturbridge Place
Yancey & Patty Hull, 6113 Leewood Drive
Louise Westgate, 6708 Greendale Road
Tri Huynh, 6423 Carriage Drive
Katie & Jeff Whitney, 6705 Greendale Road
Barbara & Clifford James, 6412 May Boulevard
Jeff Williams, 6121 Dewgrass Drive
F.E. & P.A. Jencks, 6416 Willowood Lane
Marty & Dwight Williams, 6509 Cottonwood Drive
Chris & Meredith Hunter, 6410 Maryview Street
Alice Wilder & Thomas Mangum, 6413 Rose Hill Drive
Cynthia Johnson-Cavey, 5009 Eastchester Circle
Michael & Lisa Wolfe, 6411 Cottonwood Drive
Marvin & Frances Justice, 6402 Rose Hill Drive
Charlie Worley, 4513 Roundhill Road
Jim & Lynda Kandul, 6218 Blossom Lane
Mike Zalatoris, 6609 Cottonwood Drive
Virginia Tech Massacre
Monday’s events at the Virginia Tech campus represent a tragedy of monumental proportions. RHCA is trying to figure out the best way to help those in our community and in our lives that are affected. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those affected by this tragedy.
The Fairfax County school system’s crisis support team of trained psychologists and social workers is available to work with students and adults in our schools. Parents should feel free to contact their principal if they would like to request counseling services for their children.
We grieve along with the families and friends of the victims of this terrible tragedy, which has affected not only those affiliated with Virginia Tech but the entire state of Virginia and the nation.
Heavenly Father, come with Your peace to the students, faculty and staff at Virginia Tech, and to the greater community of Blacksburg. Calm their fears and bring Your comforting presence. Give wisdom and strength to the administration of the University as they deal with this crisis. Grant healing and comfort to the injured and wisdom to those treating them.
Bring Your powerful strength and presence to those families who will soon hear the sad news that their loved one has been killed. Send Your ministering spirits to heal and restore the entire community as they seek to recover from this horrendous act of violence.
Call our nation to repentance and righteousness, that You may heal our land from all that troubles us. Amen.
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 the editor (me) at 703.924.7192. I will need the artwork sent to me either electronically in a .tiff or .jpg format or as a hard copy through the mail. Checks made out to RHCA may be included with ads mailed to me, or sent to our PO Box 10891 for quick access to the treasurer.
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