Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
April 2008


RHCA Officers and Volunteers


Carl Sell


Vice President

Linda Nichols



Beth Kohm



Carolyn Slenska


Editor, The Rambler

Marty Williams


Neighborhood Watch

Woody Betts



Jim Sapp


RHCA, P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310

President’s Message

Meet Rose Hill’s New School At RHCA’s April 22 Meeting

The Howard Gardner School is operating on property on Franconia Road between Leewood Drive and the Rose Hill Baptist Church. Eventually, the school will build a 5,500 square foot classroom building on the 1.36 acres. The school will introduce itself to the Rose Hill community at the April 22 meeting of the Rose Hill Civic Association beginning at 7pm in the community room of John Marshall Library. The Howard Gardner School is a small, progressive independent high school for college-bound learners. Currently, the school operates in the vintage farmhouse on the property, a student-built outdoor classroom and environmental workshop and temporary classrooms in the church next door. The school was one of 40 statewide to receive an award for excellence in environmental education. It recently received its third environmental education grant. Tuition and fees total almost $20,000 per student per year. The school operates on a Special Exception granted by the County of Fairfax. The site plan includes a 25-foot buffer between development and rear of the houses that are contiguous on Leewood Drive.

Election of Officers

Unfortunately, we failed to hold an election at our March meeting. We got engrossed in the subject at hand (assessments), and forgot about the election. So, before we convene the April meeting on the 22nd, we’ll continue the March meeting in order to hold an election. Hopefully, all of the current officers will agree to join me in another term. It’s a tough job but somebody has to do it! The rewards are many and you get to buy your own gas. Volunteers are welcome. The officers are president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. The positions of editor of The Rambler and webmaster are appointed and available.


By now, everyone should have received a revised tax assessment recalculating the value of the land and the structure. The total did not change from the first notice where the value of the land was more heavily weighted than the value of the structure. We also were told at the March meeting to expect a third notice that would outline a decline in values based on more recent sales information. The Department of Taxation indicated it expected an overall decline in value of 3-5 percent. In any event, you need to file an administrative appeal if you think your property is overvalued. And, if you don’t get a satisfactory answer, you can appear to the Board of Equalization. Take note of the deadlines outlined in your assessment notice. There is additional information on the RHCA web site, 

Financial Report

The Rose Hill Civic Association’s financial report for 2007 is presented below. Thanks to Treasurer Carolyn Slenska for keeping track of all our income and expenses. Please take note of the cost of printing The Rambler. It costs in excess of $450 per edition. If we had to depend on regular $10 memberships only, we couldn’t afford The Rambler! Thankfully, many of you help with your contributions to the general fund. Without your generous extra support, we could not fund all of the activities the membership thinks are important to RHCA. It has been suggested that we deliver The Rambler to members only as a way to save money. That would be a nightmare for our volunteer delivery people. And, by delivering The Rambler to every house, we let the community know what the membership is concerned about and provide notice of concerns before they are reported to the County. In a perfect world, everyone household would join RHCA and we wouldn’t have to ask for donations. However, some people don’t care and The Rambler is the only way we can notify them of County law and community concerns. Thanks again for your support! Remember, only members who qualify receive Rose Hill Beauty signs!  


Dues, donations, Rambler advertisements






Expenses and Donations

Rambler printing



Fortney Lawn and Garden



Treasurer of Virginia (State Corporation Commission)



United States Postal Service (stamps)



Ink stamp for bank deposits



U. S. Postal Service (post office box)



Meeting Supplies (snacks, utensils, etc.)



Flag sets



Edison All Night Grad party donation



Lee District Association of Civic Orgs (dues)



Frames, Rose Hill Original certificates



Reception, March Rose Hill Originals celebration



Rose Hill Originals sign



Rose Hill Beauties signs



John Marshall Library, Virtual Library, donation



July 4th picnic, meals



Rose Hill Raid, framing



Citizens association, police, holiday dinners donation









Rose Hill Beauties and Otherwise

We soon will be canvassing the community, searching for those extra special properties that deserve recognition as a Rose Hill Beauty!  Please help by nominating your property or that of your neighbor for this prestigious award. Believe me, people who drive through our community take notice. In an effort to save money, we will be adding yearly updates to those signs that are still on display and remain in good shape. If you have a sign, please don’t throw it away. We will have new signs for those that are damaged or misplaced. At the same time we are looking for Rose Hill Beauties, we will be taking note of properties that don’t measure up. We particularly will be looking for disabled or abandoned vehicles, piles of trash, overcrowding, etc. Violations will be reported to the proper authorities. If you’d like to help us judge the Beauties and keep an eye out for those that don’t measure up, please give any of the officers a call. 

Update on Blight

The County is actively pursuing numerous zoning violations and blight in Rose Hill. Recently, the County filed a complaint with the circuit court concerning the situation at 4509 Apple Tree Drive. There is trash, inoperable vehicles, and apparently people are living there without utilities. Other locations also have been cited. Hopefully, they will be resolved without court action. We also have numerous vehicles in Rose Hill that are used for commercial purposes but do not have commercial licenses. You can report them anonymously on-line by contacting the Department of Tax Administration at You also can report the location of vehicles with out-of-state licenses that have been here more than 30 days. Vehicles garaged or parked in Fairfax County are subject to state license fees and county personal property taxes. The police and County can’t be everywhere, but we can help make sure everyone pays their fair share of vehicle taxes.      

Membership Update

Somehow, we missed Jim & Nancy Richey of 4602 Roundhill Road when they joined back in November. New members added as of April 11 since the March Rambler are Kristen Anderson, 6406 Willowood Lane; Jack Blush; Richard & Patti Ballard, 4519 Lark Lane; David & Robin Dodson, 6400 Wayside Place; Theresa Harper, 6506 Carriage Drive; Janice Gable, 6404 Willowood Lane; Joe & Lorraine Hatcher, 6102 Leewood Drive; Lucio & Mery Herrera, 4525 Apple Tree Drive; Kevin & Kelli Hoover, 6314 Saddle Tree Drive; E. F. Khan; Brent & Susan Kroetch, 4700 Flower Lane; Mildred Lane, 6410 May Boulevard; Ronald & Katherine Lender, 6406 Rose Hill Drive; Thakor & Prasanna Patel, 6401 Maryview Street; Bueton & Debbie Slack, 4803 Apple Tree Drive; Dottie & Mark Snyder, 6322 Maryview Street; Stephanie Young and Darren Springer, 6403 Willowood Lane.

Painting Sponsors

Hope we have John and Penny Cashmire’s name spelled right this time! We have added ‘In Memory of Tony Lane’ to the list. Tony is a former president of RHCA. The framed explanation of the painting and the list of sponsors will be presented to the library at our April 22 meeting. We also received a contribution from Carroll and Barbara Shifflett after the deadline and their names will soon be added to the list for the library.  The painting is on display in the Gladys Keating Community Room (where we have the RHCA meetings). It is on the wall to the right as soon as you enter the door. RHCA had no input into the placement of the painting.  

—Carl Sell

Fairfax County Announcements/Events

EagleFest will take place behind school in the area between the Baseball field and the Football Stadium if it is sunny. In the event of rain, EagleFest will be moved indoors. Plenty of parking will be available. There will be games, activities, prizes and entertainment for all ages. Admission is free. Tickets will be on sale at EagleFest for all activities and refreshments. The highlight of the day will be the dramatic Golf Balls from Heaven.
Please come and join us for the fun! We look forward to seeing you there!!

Summer Programs: What You Need to Know

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is in the midst of a difficult budget year. To help reduce costs, summer school will not be offered in the same manner as it has been in the past. Summer learning opportunities for FCPS elementary and middle school students in 2008 will be school-based. Programs will focus on meeting the identified academic needs of student participants and is tailored for each location.  Individual school administrators are completing their plans for summer programs at their locations and will be an excellent source of information about the new summer programs being offered in 2008.

The high school summer program remains similar to last year; four central sites will offer courses for both acceleration and credit recovery. Locations, dates, times, and registration forms can be found in Encore 2008, the summer school programs booklet, which is available in late spring to families of FCPS students. Copies will be available at Fairfax County public schools and public libraries, in FCPS administrative offices, and online.

A limited number of enrichment opportunities will be available for student in grades 4-12.  Details can be found in Encore 2008 which will be available online in late April. Note: The elementary, middle, and high school programs are contingent upon final approval of the FCPS budget by the School Board on May 22. Budget documents, including work session and public hearing dates, are currently available. We encourage you to stay updated by visiting or signing up for the Keep in Touch message system.

Princess For a Night

Are formal gowns or bridesmaid’s dresses cluttering up your closet? There is a girl who could use one for the prom. This is a great opportunity to clean house and be charitable at the same time! Last year, thanks to the generosity of so many women, over 450 beautiful dresses (as well as shoes, jewelry, and handbags) were donated to the project and girls from 9 local high schools benefited. Unfortunately, after the project, the majority of the left over items were stolen so we are starting the project almost nothing (normally we have a small base upon which to build.)

Dry cleaned dresses, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and unused make-up (for example, sample cosmetics) will be collected between April 1 and 25. We are especially in need of dresses for full figured young ladies (sizes 18+) and very petite young women (sizes 0-4). Donations can be dropped off at five locations:

  1. Edison High School, Main Office, 5801 Franconia Rd., Alexandria, VA 22310, M-F, 7am-4pm.

  2. Annandale High School, Main Office, 4700 Medford Dr., Annandale, VA 22003, M-F, 7am-3:30pm.

  3. South County High School, Main Office, 8501 Silverbrook Rd., Lorton, VA 22079, M-F, 7am-4:30pm.

  4. Gold’s Gym, 7770 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22306, M-F, 4:45am-11pm; Sat., 7am-9pm; and Sun., 8am-9pm.

  5. Hitched Bridal Couture and Creative Planning Salon, 1523 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20007 (, Tues.-Thurs., noon-8pm; Fri., 11am-6pm; and Sat., 9am-5pm.

If you know of a young lady in need of a dress, “shopping” and dress selection will take place at Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Rd., Alexandria, VA 22309, on Friday, May 2, 2:15-8pm; Saturday, May 3, 10am-4pm; and on Monday, May 5, 2:15-6pm.

Students will be served on a first come, first served basis. It is strongly recommended that parents accompany their daughters to participate in dress selection. Dresses are free, but donations will be accepted to support the ongoing project. Please pass this information along to other generous women in your family, neighborhood, places of employment, and places of worship. Together we can make prom a possibility for all young women in Fairfax County!

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to assist with the project, please email Many thanks in advance for your generosity and support.

Fairfax County Park Authority Events

  • Friday, April 25. NEW! Yorktown Battlefield and Victory Center, VA. Visit the Yorktown Battlefield and Yorktown Victory Center and see where America won its freedom during the American Revolutionary War. A guide will narrate a 30 to 45-minute walking tour of the battlefield.  Next, enjoy lunch and shopping on your own at Riverwalk Landing.  Later in the afternoon, visit President’s Park featuring magnificent monuments to all 43 U.S. presidents. The $86 fee includes transportation, guide and admissions. To reserve, call 703.222.4664.

  • Sunday, April 27. NEW! Baltimore Aquarium & Inner Harbor, MD. Experience the wonders of the ocean without getting wet at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Experience expanded exhibits and descriptions of dolphins, jellies, stingrays and sharks. Watch Play! the dolphin show.  After the aquarium, browse, shop, and eat lunch at the Inner Harbor. The $83 fee includes transportation, admission, 4D theater ticket, & dolphin show. To reserve, call 703.222.4664.

Low-Cost Rabies Clinic

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter announces its 2008 low-cost rabies clinic dates for dogs, cats and ferrets. The cost for rabies shots at the clinic is $10. All dogs should be on leashes and all cats and ferrets in carriers.

Fairfax County 2008 dog licenses will be sold separately at the clinic and cost $5 for altered dogs and $10 for unaltered dogs (please bring proof of your pet’s spay or neuter).

The clinic is sponsored by the Fairfax County Police Department Animal Services Division and Deepwood Veterinary Hospital. For more information, please call 703.830.1100. Cash or checks only–no credit cards–will be accepted for payment at the clinic.

Each clinic is held from 2-4pm on the following dates: Sunday, May 18; Sunday, July 13; Sunday, Sept. 14; and Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, 4500 West Ox Rd., Fairfax, VA 22043.

For more information about the rabies clinics, visit the Fairfax County Animal Services Division website,

Weekly Incident Summary Report (Announced March 26)

Mark Twain Middle School. In January 2008, two students used markers to scribble gang-related graffiti in a boys’ bathroom of Mark Twain Middle School. These writings were identified as affiliated with criminal gang activity taking place across the region. Police arrested two boys, ages 12 and 13, and charged them with destruction of a public building. As a result of this investigation, police were able to develop information surrounding additional gang activity in the community. Police charged three boys, two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old, with gang participation and recruiting gang members during the week of March 10. The alleged recruitment took place at the middle school. The Fairfax County Police Department trains school staff and faculty on gang recognition. Once gang activity is recognized, officials move quickly to eradicate it. There is a zero tolerance policy in Fairfax County for these activities. Residents are urged to take quick action and contact police officials when they see graffiti appear.

Rose Hill Drive 6100 Block:  Liquor stolen from business.

Original Rambler

My family lived on Rock-A-Bye Road before Bee Street was a thru street. There were the Kings (that’s me), the Harris’, the Saranos, and the Pulzones.

That acreage was bought by my grandmother Minnie Agnes Lovett, and two acres were given to each of her children. I was told that our house was moved from across Rose Hill Drive to what was then 6400 Rock-A-By Road. I lived there with my family until I got married after my graduation from Thomas Edison in 1972. My parents sold their acreage in 1977 and moved to Hebron, MD. I consider my family one of the first as new homes were being built around us in 1953. I remember my dad taking me to what is now Lee District to look for arrowheads and we used to find quite a few. We also found a lot where the golf course now is. I haven’t been back for many years. My childhood consisted of building forts in the woods and walking to the shopping center to get an ice cream on hot summer days. I never regretted a minute growing up in Rose Hill and loved the fresh air and the peacefulness.

—Carol A. Johnson, Waldorf, MD

Kingstowne Farmers Market

Fridays, 4 to 7pm, starting May 16 and going through October 24 in the parking lot near the Sunoco service station.

All products sold at the Farmers Market are produced by the vendors within 125 miles of Fairfax County. Buy local and support sustainable agriculture in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. You will find the freshest and most desirable fruit, vegetables, plants, baked goods, eggs, dairy, and meats available.

Living Legends of Alexandria.

April 24 – Sept. 8. “Living Legends of Alexandria.” The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum. 201 S. Washington St. This photo-documentary exhibition, featuring the work of Rose Hill’s own NINA TISARA, identifies and honors individuals whose vision and dedication have made a tangible difference to the quality of life in Alexandria. Of the 50 individuals nominated in 2006, all of whom are included in this exhibit, 12 were featured in articles published by the Alexandria Gazette Packet. Free! 703.838.4994. See Nina’s ad in the Business Directory, Pg. 12.


Your Association Needs Volunteers!!

If you can spare a couple of hours a month, have transportation to Kingstowne and around the neighborhood, and can count, RHCA could use you. The distributor position that is vacant is currently being filled by our President and we need you to step up and help!

Marty Williams has moved and is looking to step down from The Rambler Editor position. If you have experience proofreading, editing, and using Microsoft Word or Publisher or another layout software program, please contact Marty for further information at or 703.910.6316.

Jim Sapp does such a great job with our website you can’t tell that he seamlessly maintains the site remotely from Colorado. If you have experience with website design, development, and maintenance, and are willing to volunteer to take Jim’s job, please contact him for specifics at

RHCA loves its volunteers ... it wouldn’t BE without them.

Get Involved ... Your Community Needs You!

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"


Quarter page size

3 1/2" x 4 3/4"


Half page size

7 1/2" x 4 3/4"


Full page size

7 1/2" x 9 3/4"


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. for the world to see.

Anyone interested in placing an ad may call the editor (me) at 703.910.6316. 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.

Marty Williams

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