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Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
February 2005

President’s Message

Fairfax County to Begin Charging For Emergency Transport April 1

Beginning April 1, Fairfax County will charge for transport to a medical facility as the result of a call for emergency help. There will be no charge for emergency medical care treatment if the patient is not transported. (This is not an April’s Fools joke.)

The County says your insurance company, Medicare, or Medicaid will be charged for transport to a medical facility. For residents who are uninsured, the county says it is committed to working with citizens to make sure they will not suffer financial hardship if they cannot pay the bill.

Transport costs for the Basic Life Support units will be $300. Advanced Life Support Level 1 transport will cost $400. Level 1 includes serious medical problems or traumatic injury. Advance Life Support Level 2 (cardiac arrest) will cost $550. In addition, there is a $7.50 charge per mile from the pickup point to the medical facility.

You also will receive a copy of the bill, presumably for collection, should you not have insurance and are financially able to pay the charge. The County has contracted with a private company to handle the transport billing. County residents with insurance will not be charged a co-payment.

The Fire and Rescue Department stresses that residents should not hesitate to call 911 in an emergency. Ability to pay will never be considered when providing service.

Because of the number of questions raised at its January meeting, RHCA has asked representatives of the Fire and Rescue Department to further explain the program at the Association’s February 22 meeting at 7pm at the John Marshall Library. If you have an interest in this new policy, you are urged to attend this important meeting.

After hearing from the County, RHCA hopes to have representatives of private insurance companies, Medicare, and Medicaid attend the March meeting to outline their procedures, if any, in assuming the cost of the new program. Members are encouraged to contact their insurance company to ascertain if the new charges outlined by the County are covered. Also, ask if your company can provide a speaker for the March meeting to further discuss the new charges. If so, contact Carl Sell at 703.971.4716 so the schedule can be arranged.

We never know when we will need emergency service. We should know what any resulting transport to a medical facility will cost and who would pay for it. Although the program has been approved by the County Board of Supervisors, it’s never too late to ask questions or ask that the program be rescinded. RHCA plans to get all the information it can for its members before taking any position.

Unkempt Properties

RHCA has received numerous complaints about specific properties in the community that are not being properly maintained in an acceptable condition and in some cases, are in unsanitary condition. Residents are reminded that piles of trash and debris should be removed in a timely fashion. Just placing it at the curb will not guarantee pickup. You must make arrangements for a special pickup by your trash removal service. And, please pickup the free newspapers that are being left in your driveway. Some properties have as many as a week’s worth of the papers in or near the driveway. I know you did not ask for the papers, but please discard them so they are not an eyesore. RHCA will ask violators by letter to correct the trash and/or debris problem. If the problem is not corrected within a reasonable time, RHCA will file a complaint with the zoning inspector, health department, and/or police. Inaction could result in a fine or criminal penalty. Residents are encouraged to report such properties to RHCA. The complaint will be lodged on behalf of the entire Association and your identity will not be revealed. We will not allow a few unsightly properties to detract from our community.

Underage Drinking/Safe Driving

The Safe Youth Coalition is sponsoring a program designed to deter underage drinking prevention on Tuesday, March 9, from 7 to 9 pm, at the Springfield American Legion, 6520 Amherst Avenue. The program will include an exploration of the science of alcohol and the teen brain, the consequences of underage drinking, parent accountability and the law, how youth get alcohol, and information on safe driving/new legislation from the Virginia General Assembly. Guests include Family and Juvenile Domestic Court Judge, Teena Grodner; Franconia District Station Police Officer, Sally McGowan; 42nd District Delegate, Dave Albo; and Lisa Adler of the Safe Youth Coalition. Parents and teens are welcome. More information about the Coalition can be found at www.safeyouthcoalition.com. The group focuses on the greater Springfield area and is affiliated with the Fairfax County Schools Safe and Drug Free Youth Office.

Traffic Calming Study

Supervisor Kauffman’s office has advised RHCA that the county will undertake an engineering study concerning traffic calming in Rose Hill upon the opening of the new South Van Dorn connector. The no parking request for Rose Hill Drive already is moving forward. RHCA’s original letter regarding traffic calming is available at myrosehill.com. The South Van Dorn connector is complete except for restriping at the Telegraph Road intersection and activation of the traffic signals.

Park Update

The Park Authority and T-Mobile are still negotiating about the lease payment for the installation of a cell telephone tower in Lee District Park. The tower would be located in the rear of the park near South Kings Highway and should not be an eyesore on the Rose Hill horizon. We expect a decision by April. RHCA supports the tower as long as the revenue generated remains as part of the Lee District Park budget. We have suggested that the money be earmarked for the ever-increasing cost of the July 4 fireworks display.

On another front, the County is updating the section of the comprehensive plans that sets policy guidance for parks. The update is not site-specific and should have little effect on Lee District Park, Huntley Meadows Park, and Greendale Golf Course. Any changes for specific parks will be part of an update of the Park and Recreation sections of the Area Plans. We will monitor those plans to make sure our interests are protected. RHCA is on record as supporting a trail connection on Telegraph Road between Lee District Park and Huntley Meadows and an overpass across South King’s High-way between the two parks. We also have voted to sup-port upgrading and refurbishing of existing facilities and the addition of revenue-generating facilities at Lee District Park, the latter on a case-by-case basis. And, you might have read about the controversy surrounding the Park Authority proposal to increase the senior discount fee. We hope to have additional information on this subject at the February meeting.

Correction

Our apology to Cliff and Barbara James of 6412 May Boulevard. We had the name wrong for that address on the list of award winners in the 2004 Holiday Lighting Contest. The James are RHCA members and earned an award for the excellent display. The James also own the house at 6409 Willowood, which was awarded an outstanding display certificate. Their nephew, John Grigsby, lives there. If there were any other mistakes, please contact us so we can make an apology and issue the proper certificate.

—Carl Sell

Do Not Forget to Join RHCA for 2005!

Thanks to those of you who already have signed up as RHCA members for 2005. We could not continue our programs without your support. This is the next to last month we will be reminding residents to join their Association. Please fill out the membership form below and mail it to RHCA. Then, look for your name in next month’s Rambler.

Your membership dues provides the funds necessary for the printing of The Rambler as well as the coveted ‘Rose Hill Beauty’ signs awarded each Spring. Remember that only RHCA members are eligible to receive a sign.

Additionally, RHCA solicits donations to maintain the plantings around the entrance sign at Rose Hill Drive and Franconia Road. This year, we are asking for contributions toward the beautification of the flowerbed facing Rose Hill Drive at the John Marshall Library.

Contributions to the General Fund will help us meet unforeseen obligations. For example, last year we had enough money to repair the entrance sign. The Rose Hill Apartments helped with a contribution toward that effort. The apartment personnel also maintain the median on Rose Hill Drive.

Please take a moment to fill out the membership form and mail it, along with your check, to RHCA at P.O. Box 10891, Franconia, VA 22310. We will add your name to the list in next month’s Rambler.

— Carl Sell

2005 RHCA Members as of Feb. 11, 2005

Nouri & Suham Abbo 6115 Rose Hill Drive Yong Sung Kim 6211 Thornwood Drive
Betty Balch 6400 Hayfield Place George E. Krapf 6322 Rose Hill Drive
Frank & Rayma Bale 6315 Willowood Lane Donald Krause 6300 Rose Hill Drive
J. Bauserman 4531 Roundhill Road Mildred Lane 6410 May Boulevard
Margie Beach 4429 Roundhill Road June & Steve Lefler 6424 Carriage Lane
Connie Beatty 6428 Rose Hill Drive Eloise & Randy Lewis 4501 Bee Street
Woody & Tammy Betts 6306 Saddle Tree Drive Charles B. Long 4602 Apple Tree Drive
Donald Bise 4423 Roundhill Road Wellington & Anna Machmer 6200 Willowood Lane
Philip & Carol Bishop 6310 Climbhill Road John & Jane Madaris 4422 Roundhill Road
Jeannette Bottomley 5003 Eastchester Circle K&M Mann 6107 Leewood Drive
Karen & Kent Boutilier 4408 Roundhill Road Melvin Martin 6211 Redwood Lane
Gary Bravy 6214 Climbill Road Obdulia Mason 6311 Saddle Tree Drive
Bob Brown 4526 Apple Tree Drive Mary Mayo 6122 Leewood Drive
Mark Broxterman 6424 Haystack Road Frank & Marge McConnell 6220 Thornwood Drive
Pearl Butler 6401 Cottonwood Drive Madge McKay 6402 Wayside Place
Walter Calhoun 4523 Apple Tree Drive George & Susan McKittrick 6113 Clovergrass Drive
Maureen & Jason Cardone 6418 Willowood Lane Lou & Marnie Messinger 6603 Cottonwood Drive
Ralph & Altha Carrico 6112 Leewood Drive Jeannette Neidermeyer 6500 Haystack Road
Raul & Kelly Castillo 6413 Willowood Lane But The Nguyen 6512 Rose Hill Drive
Bev & Norm Cherkis 6300 Saddle Tree Drive Dave & Linda Nichols 6416 Rose Hill Drive
Roger & Carol Christiansen 6409 Maryview Street Cloteal Norris 6012 Leewood Drive
Beatrice Christensen 6500 Carriage Drive Lucy & Larry Pettit 6501 Carriage Drive
Robert Ciccotelli 6511 Haystack Road Brenda & Stephen Phillips 6408 Maryview Street
Lois Corbin 6221 Blossom Lane Robert & Ginny Pinkham 6514 Carriage Drive
Craig & Carol Contardi 6517 Haystack Road C. Roy & Susan B. Poff 6328 Maryview Street
Sam Covington 6302 Saddle Tree Drive Jo Ann Ponce 6203 Willowood Lane
Virginia Dalghren 6611 Cottonwood Drive Anna Pulman 6510 Haystack Road
Robin & David Dodson 6400 Wayside Place Nick & Vivian Rashidi 6506 Rose Hill Drive
Steve & Holly Dougherty 4522 Roundhill Road Gopal & Krishna Ray 6412 Willowood Lane
Myrna Downey 6516 Telegraph Road Monica C. & Alan R. Reed 6422 Rose Hill Drive
Michael & Bernice Evans 6411 Willowood Lane James Richey 4402 Roundhill Road
Tom Felleisen 6406 Hayfield Place James Ridgell 6513 Cottonwood Drive
Joseph Finnegan 6409 Hayfield Place Carl & Marti Sell 6601 Cottonwood Drive
Anna Fish 6301 Cottonwood Drive James & Marie Sherfey 6415 Rose Hill Drive
Helen Flahive 6416 Cottonwood Drive Michael Smith & Ratri Friend 6111 Leewood Drive
Jane & Larry Fowler 6320 Maryview Street Jean & Bill Stemple 6306 Cottonwood Drive
Gordon & Cheryl Flockhart 6223 Driftwood Drive Fred & Mary Stinnette 4520 Appletree Drive
Barry & Zoe-Ann Freitag 6303 May Boulevard Terry Stone 4522 Apple Tree Drive
Kae Furneisen 4912 Treetop Lane Tom Strah 6421 Rose Hill Drive
Dorothy Furr 6412 Cottonwood Drive Don & Tinker Szamborski 4615 Winston Place
Ed & Shirley Gailliot 4801 Apple Tree Drive Alberta Taylor 6308 Cottonwood Drive
Chris & Susie Guinto 6515 Haystack Road Jean Thomson 6302 Cottonwood Drive
Helen Hass 6304 Cottonwood Drive Monroe & Helena Varney 4520 Roundhill Road
Alice and Elmer Haupt 6208 Thornwood Drive Connie Vincenzes 6610 Cottonwood Drive
Lucio Herrara 4525 Apple Tree Drive Macy Watts 6008 Leewood Drive
Fredy & Maxine Heyer 4704 Flower Lane Don & Nina Weber 6120 Dew Grass Drive
Alice & Edward Holloman 4518 Sturbridge Place Karen Wheeless 6709 Greendale Road
Emilie Hood 5012 Treetop Lane Jeff & Katie Whitney 6705 Greendale Road
James & Susie Hudson 6413 Maryview Street Alice Wilder & Thomas Mangum 6413 Rose Hill Drive
Tri Huynh 6423 Carriage Drive Marty & Dwight Williams 6509 Cottonwood Drive
Barbara & Clifford James 6412 May Boulevard Jeffrey Williams 6121 Dew Grass Court
Jim & Lynda Kandul 6218 Blossom Lane Charley Worley 4513 Roundhill Road
Audrey Kick 4517Sturbridge Place

Please—We Need Help!!

Our webmaster, Jim Sapp, and his wife have moved to Colorado. We need someone in the community with web experience to step up and take his place.

Also, we are in need of a Rambler Distributor. The job entails picking up The Rambler copies from The UPS Store in Kingstowne, dividing them up for the individual delivery people, and getting those packages to their houses by Saturday morning, the weekend before the monthly meeting. Can you spare three hours a month?

We’re also seeking someone to help deliver The Rambler 9 times a year. It’s an easy, part-time job, perfect for someone who likes to walk, including students, moms, and retirees. This route would take less than 45 minutes to deliver only nine times a year.

Finally, we need someone to volunteer to sell ads for The Rambler. Spending just a few hours a month can yield big returns for your Civic Association. The rates are so reasonable, many businesses can’t resist.

Don’t forget, Carl Sell and Terrie Dacales are looking to step down from their Association positions this year. We are looking for a new president and vice president to come forward and take over the reigns and allow time for a "training" and sharing of knowledge period.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Marty Williams (703.924.7192) or Carl Sell (703.971.4716).

Free Venetian Blinds

In good condition and will fit original Rose Hill bedroom and bathroom windows. Call 703.971.5895

Hand-Made Quilts for Sale

Sally Dankers and her mother, Marjorie Parkyn, make quilts and have some for sale. They are one of a kind and very beautiful. If interested, please call 703.924.3704 or email oraclemarjorie@aol.com.

The "T" Word

On February 3, 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, giving birth to the U.S. income tax. Since then, a few citizens have been accused of not paying their required share, including such notables as Al Capone, Spiro T. Agnew, James Traficant, Steve Rubell, Leona Helmsley, Willie Nelson, and most recently, Richard Hatch.

Here in Fairfax County, low- and middle-income taxpayers, and people age 60 or older, can get their taxes filed for free through the tax preparation assistance offered by AARP volunteers in the Sherwood and Centreville Library branches. A number of other branches will offer tax preparation assistance for paper filers, and all 21 branches will offer free copies of commonly used tax forms.

For dates, times, and locations for tax preparation assistance, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/taxes.htm — The Fairfax County Public Library Events, Activities & Services E-Letter

The next Rambler deadline is March 11, 2003.
The next delivery weekend is March 19-20.

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.

Marty Williams

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