Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
February 2008

 

RHCA Officers and Volunteers

President

Carl Sell

703.971.4716

sellcarl@aol.com

Vice President

Linda Nichols

703.971.0755

dovefellow@aol.com

Secretary

Beth Kohm

703.338.4876

beth.kohm@gmail.com

Treasurer

Carolyn Slenska

703.922.4135

carolyn.slenska@lycos.com

Editor, The Rambler

Marty Williams

703.910.6316

marty@fabrications.us

Neighborhood Watch

Woody Betts

703.971.0520

rosehillwatch@aol.com

Webmaster

Jim Sapp

303.816.0944

jimsapp7@msn.com

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

www.MyRoseHill.com

'Nostalgia Night' March 5 Celebrates 50 Years of Education Excellence

The Rose Hill Civic Association, in cooperation with Rose Hill Elementary School, has put together an outstanding ‘Nostalgia Night’ program to celebrate the school’s 50 years of education excellence. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 5, beginning at 7pm in the school cafeteria.

Highlighting the program will be a video put together by the school staff that celebrates the last 50 years. Rose Hill Elementary opened in September, 1957, so the current term is the 50th to educate students from Rose Hill and surrounding communities.

Another highlight will be a performance by Rose Hill’s Sound Wave 12, a group of 18 fifth- and sixth -graders under the direction of Dee Piecuch-Siebert, founder-director of the group and music teacher at Rose Hill Elementary. Her group truly fills the world with sound.

Terri Czarniak, the principal, will welcome members of the community. Terri and her staff have been extremely helpful in putting together this exciting program celebrating the school’s 50th anniversary. The school held a similar program for students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends last fall that attracted more than 600. ‘Nostalgia Night’ is a way for the community to celebrate the school’s 50th birthday.

In addition to the video and musical performance, community members are invited to share their favorite memories about Rose Hill Elementary. Parents, faculty, staff, and former students are invited to attend. Please help by spreading the word among those who hold Rose Hill Elementary dear but no longer live in our community. They are especially welcome on March 5. Although this is an adult event, youngsters who are interested in the school and community’s history are invited to attend.

Even if you don’t believe some of the stories you might hear that night, the video and the performance by Sound Wave 12 will make it a worthwhile evening. As icing on the cake, so to speak, refreshments will be available in the form of punch, cookies, and commemorative cakes. If you can provide some cookies to add to the festivities, they would be most welcome. Contact Carl Sell at 703.971.4716 or via e-mail at sellcarl@aol.com, or Linda Nichols at 703.971.0755 or dovefellow@aol.com.

—Carl Sell

President’s Message

County Strike Force Zoning Team Featured on February 26 RHCA Agenda

As you probably have read or heard about, the County has established a Code Enforcement Strike Force Team to handle complaints about lack of property maintenance and overcrowding of single-family homes in communities such as Rose Hill. The Team was formed as the result of complaints by homeowners about ‘boarding houses’ in their neighborhoods. There were more than 2,000 zoning violation complaints and 199 multiple-occupancy complaints in the last six months of 2007 in Fairfax County.

Members of the Strike Force Team will be at the Tuesday, February 26, meeting of the Rose Hill Civic Association. The meeting starts at 7pm in the community room of the John Marshall Library. If you are concerned about properties in your neighborhood or on your street, here’s your chance to learn about the program and learn what the County can do if there are violations. This program is being presented by RHCA because of numerous questions concerning this subject.

The Strike Team currently includes the Department of Planning and Zoning, the Fire Marshall, and the Police Department. Supervisor McKay of Lee District also has suggested that Blight Abatement be transferred from the Department of Housing and Community Development and put under the auspices of the Strike Team. Blight Abatement is one of the agencies RHCA has been working with in our continuing effort to clean up the property at 4612 Roundhill Road.

RHCA has had good success working with Zoning Enforcement on various violations such as trash, property maintenance, and other issues. Over-crowding and the operation of boarding houses is a much more difficult issue, hence the formation of the Strike Team by the Board of Supervisors. As part of the presentation on February 26, you will hear how the members go about identifying boarding houses and code violations brought on by overcrowding.

Again, if you are concerned about what appears to be overcrowding at an address in your neighborhood, here’s your chance to learn what to look for and can be done about it. Complaints will be forwarded in the name of RHCA, not individual members of the community. A large turnout on February 26 will underscore Rose Hill’s concern for the appearance of its community.

Painting on Display

Another reason to come to the February 26 RHCA meeting is to see the Rose Hill Raid painting that now has been permanently displayed in the community room at the John Marshall Library. The painting, by famed Civil War artist John Paul Strain, commemorates the September 28, 1863, raid at Rose Hill by Confederate partisan John Singleton Mosby. Presentation of the painting was made possible by the donations of those Rose Hill Civic Association members listed on the next page. Their names, along with a brief description of the raid, will be displayed with the painting at the library. If you would like to add your name to the list, please send a check for $25 or more to RHCA, P.O. Box 10891, Franconia, VA 22310. The opportunity to have your name permanently displayed as a donor will end March 1.

Commercial Vehicles

There have been a number of complaints about commercial vehicles parked in driveways, on the side of houses, and in the back yards at various Rose Hill addresses. The Zoning Ordinance of Fairfax County allows one commercial vehicle per property in residentially zoned communities such as Rose Hill. However, the ordinance also says that NO solid waste collection vehicle, tractor and/or trailer of a tractor-trailer truck, dump truck, construction equipment, cement-mixer truck, wrecker with a gross weight of 12,000 pounds or more, or similar such vehicles or equipment may be parked in a residential district. Note the word SIMILAR as the vehicles banned are not limited to the list above. Zoning enforcement deals with violations on private property. The police deal with violations on public streets. RHCA will continue to work with zoning enforcement and the police to maintain the residential character of our community. Violators will be reported.

Holiday Lights Update

We had the wrong name in the January Rambler for the excellent display at 4512 Lark Lane. Steve Corbin and his family rent the property. If that name sounds familiar, long-time Rose Hill residents will know his mother, Lois, who lives on Blossom Lane. She also works the front entrance at Wal-Mart in Kingstowne. Steve moved back to Rose Hill in December of 2006 and really went all out in decorating this past Christmas season. He used to help his mother decorate her yard, which was one of the best in our community. When he moved back, Lois Corbin told her son to concentrate on his own house. That he did! We also didn’t properly identify the Izzetts for their excellent display at 5007 Eastchester Circle. We also had the address for the Kohms on Carriage Drive wrong. They live at 6329, not as previously advertised. Since Beth Kohm is our secretary, we had no defense for that mistake. If you spotted any other mistakes, let us know and we’ll correct it in the March Rambler.

Neighborhood Watch Conference

The Virginia Crime Prevention Association (VCPA) is sponsoring a Neighborhood Watch Conference at the Marriott Fair Oaks Hotel on Saturday, March 15 from 9:30am to 3:30pm. The conference will include educational presentations and workshops on a number of subjects, including gangs in Virginia by the Virginia State Police, watching out for children by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, recruiting and maintaining volunteers for Neighbor-hood Watch by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and many others. Refreshment breaks and lunch will be provided. The registration fee for the conference is $25 per person. RHCA members who volunteer for Neighborhood Watch are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact the Virginia Crime Prevention Association at 804.231.3800 or email at vaprevent@aol.org. VCPA also is sponsoring 30th Anniversary Crime Prevention Conference at the same location on Sunday, March 16. You can learn more about that conference online at www.vcpa.org.

—Carl Sell

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 marty@fabrications.us 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 jimsapp7@msn.com.

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

Get Involved ... Your Community Needs You!

Rose Hill Raid Contributors

One of the additions to the list of sponsors of the ‘Rose Hill Raid’ painting that is framed and permanently displayed at the John Marshall Library is Anna Jeffries of Greenhaven Place, who moved to Rose Hill in 1959. Her husband, Paul, painted the rail fence around the house and farm before it became Rose Hill. The property was owned by the Mays, who owned the AB&W Bus Company. Paul worked at AB&W and painted the fence. Anna worked at the Alexandria Post Office with Connie Beatty, one of our first residents who still lives on Rose Hill Drive. The painting by famed Civil War artist John Paul Strain, depicts the raid at Rose Hill on September 28, 1863. Names of the contributors will be included as part of the display at the library. If you would like to have your name(s) associated with this piece of the history of our community, include your gift with the 2008 membership renewal or mail a check to RHCA, Box 10891, Franconia, VA 22310. Or, bring your check to the February 26 meeting. The list will remain open until the February meeting. If you want to be involved, now is the time!  We will finalize the list to be displayed at the library on March 1.

Contributors as of February 14, 200

 

In Memory of Donna Joy and Joseph Myron Beaty

Barbara & Clifford James

In Memory of Twila and Essie Noble

Anna L. Jefferies

In Memory of Molly Whitt Stone

Marvin & Frances Justice

Ruth Connie Beatty

Raymond & Evelyn Market

Vikki Beaty

Wellington & Anna Machmer

Chris, Ann & Trent Borchevsky

Nancy & Donald McMinn

Robert D. Brown

Edna G. Mitchell

Mark & Lorraine Broxterman

J.M. Neidermeyer

Ralph & Pauline Carico

David & Linda Nichols

Raul & Kelly Castillo

Monica Reed

Sam Covington

Jim & Pat Sapp

Steve & Holly Dougherty

Carl & Marti Sell

Will & Myrna Downey

Carolyn Slenska

Tom Felleisen

Monroe & Helena Varney

Helen Flahive

Jeffrey F. Williams

Larry & Jane Fowler

Marty Williams

Kae Furneisen  

 

Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Checkout the things that you can do with it:

ONE: Emergency

The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you. Interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

TWO: Have you locked your keys in the car?

Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone (not land line) from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other remote for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

THREE: Hidden battery power

Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate reserve power, press the keys *3370# and your cell will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time.

FOUR: How to disable a stolen mobile phone

To check your mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 #. A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset so write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone gets stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones. (Editor’s note: this didn’t work on my Verizon phone. Please let me know if it worked for you.)

And Finally....FIFTH:

Cell phone companies are charging us $1 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don’t have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial (800) FREE411, or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now.

—Reliable Source

Note: As with all "reliable sources" ......... Trust but verify!        The following link to "Snopes.com" will give you the real scoop on this capability.

www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/cellphones.asp

Thank A Member, Rambler Readers!

Thanks to your neighbors listed below, you receive The Rambler nine times a year. And, pat yourself on the back if your name is listed! An average edition of our newsletter costs approximately $300 and is delivered to all of the 700+ homes in our community, regardless of whether they are members or not. We believe everyone should be informed about what is going on in their community. Won’t you join your neighbors in supporting RHCA and seeing your name listed here next month?  A membership form is included on the next page. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, The Rambler is delivered to your door nine times a year at no cost to the Association. As you can see, membership dues alone don’t keep RHCA afloat. Contributions, in addition to membership fees, help keep The Rambler in print and also pay for the landscaping at our entrance sign on Rose Hill Drive at Franconia Road. Most important, a large and active membership is very helpful as we deal with the County regarding community issues. Please include your e-mail address so we can communicate quickly on community issues. We will NEVER give your e-mail address to a third party! Our 2008 Membership Drive will end with the March Rambler.

2008 Members as of February 15, 2008

Nouri & Suham Abbou, 6115 Rose Hill Drive

Robert & Elizabeth Kohm, 6329 Carriage Drive

Norma & Augusto V. Alvarez, Sr., 6507 Carriage Drive

John & Patricia Lawrence, 6330 Maryview Street

Frank & Rayma Bale, 6315 Willowood Lane

J.K. Letsche, 6502 Cottonwood Drive

JoAnn Barney, 5000 Treetop Lane

Jacqueline Lewis, 6206 Thornwood Drive

P.G. Bauserman, 4531 Roundhill Road

Edward & Anna Lewis, 6117 Leewood Drive

Vicki S. Beaty, 4415 Roundhill Road

O. Randolph Lewis, 4501 Bee Street

Daniel Bearth, 6417 Rose Hill Drive

James R. Lockwood, 6114 Clovergrass Drive

Phillip & Carol Bishop, 6310 Climbhill Road

Charles Long, 4602 Apple Tree Drive

Chris, Ann & Trent Borchevsky, 4511 Bee Street

Wellington & Anna Machmer, 6200 Willowood Lane

Tracy Campbell, 6410 Cottonwood Drive

Raymond & Evelyn Market, 4608 Mayor Place

Gary Bravy, 6214 Climbhill Road

Melvin Martin, 6311 Redwood Lane

Bill Braswell, 6307 Climbhill Road

Kenneth & Mary Mann, 6107 Leewood Drive

Mark & Loraine Broxterman, 6424 Haystack Road

Mary Mayo, 6122 Leewood Drive

Margie Beach, 4429 Roundhill Road

Lea McCaw & Richard Sandoval, 6402 Rye Court

Jeannette Bottomley, 5003 Eastchester Circle

Madge McKay, 6402 Wayside Place

Ruth Connie Beatty, 6428 Rose Hill Drive

George & Susan McKittrick, 6113 Clovergrass Drive

Bob Brown, 4526 Apple Tree Drive

Donald & Nancy McMinn, 4804 Apple Tree Drive

Pearl E. Butler, 6401 Cottonwood Drive

Marlene Minarik, 6518 Telegraph Road

Ralph & Pauline Carico, 6112 Leewood Drive

Edna G. Mitchell, 6305 May Boulevard

Roger & Carol Christiansen, 6409 Maryview Street

Hal & LaVera Murray, 5003 Treetop Lane

Raul & Kelly Castillo, 6413 Willowood Lane

But Nguyen, 6512 Rose Hill Drive

Bob Ciccotelli, 6511 Haystack Road

J. Neidermeyer, 6500 Haystack Road

Helen Cofer, 6218 Saddle Tree Drive

Herbert & Grace Newman, 4910 Silo Road

Shirley Mae Collins, 6103 Leewood Drive

David & Linda Nichols, 6416 Rose Hill Drive

Lois Corbin, 6221 Blossom Lane

Sam & Kim Nimjareansuk, 4507 Apple Tree Drive

Steve Corbin, 4512 Lark Lane

Teal Norris & Fred Obermeyer, 6012 Leewood Drive

Sam Covington, 6302 Saddle Tree Drive

Conrad & Haydee Oroc, 4703 Split Rock Road

Cynthia Johnson-Dailey, 5009 Eastchester Circle

Anthony & Stella Peters, 4610 Mayor Place

Virginia Dahlgren, 6611 Cottonwood Drive

Lucy & Larry Pettit, 6501 Carriage Drive

Sally & Bill Dankers & Marjorie Parkyn, 6511 Carriage Drive

Robert C. Pinkham, 6514 Carriage Drive

Lee & Carol Davis, 6314 Climbhill Road

Jo Ann Ponce, 6203 Willowood Lane

E&K Davidson, 460-8 Roundhill Road

Orlando & Christy Ramos, 6303 Willowood Lane

Barbara Digman, 6217 Blossom Lane

Nick & Vivian Rashidi, 6506 Rose Hill Drive

Harry L. Dodson, 6319 May Boulevard

Gopal & Krishna Ray, 6412 Willowood Lane

Steve & Holly Dougherty, 4522 Roundhill Road

Monica Reed, 6422 Rose Hill Drive

Myrna Downey, 6516 Telegraph Road

Adam & Rita Rice, 6431 Carriage Drive

Ron & Donna Dillon, 4618 Winston Place

David & Nancy Ridgway, 4609 Cottonwood Place

Dennis Dzierzawski, 6210 Thornwood Drive

Sylvia & Dennie Robison, 4514 Sturbridge Place

Betty Elliot, 6411 Maryview Street

Carlos Rolon & Judy Taylor, 6503 Rose Hill Drive

Mike & Bea Evans, 6411 Willowood Lane

Frank Schoenle, 6303 Climbhill Road

Susan Feagley, 4705 Split Rock Road

Dennis Scott, 4509 Bee Street

Tom Felleisen, 6406 Hayfield Place

Diane & Marty Shupak, 6419 Haystack Road

Joseph Finnegan, 6409 Hayfield Place

Chris & Sara Sicks, 6606 Cottonwood Drive

Anna Fish, 6301 Cottonwood Drive

Carolyn Slenska, 6308 Climbhill Road

Helen Flahive, 6416 Cottonwood Drive

Marlene Hass Smith, 6304 Cottonwood Drive

Trigg & Beverly Flannagan, 6514 Haystack Road

Michael Smith/Ratri Friend, 6111 Leewood Drive

Larry & Jane Fowler, 6320 Maryview Street

Donald & Juanita Stallings, 6407 Willowood Lane

Larry & Connie Fulk, 6410 Cottonwood Drive

Jean & William Stemple, 6306 Cottonwood Drive

Kae Furneisen, 4912 Treetop Lane

M. C. Stinnette, 4520 Apple Tree Drive

Edward & Shirley Galliott, 4801 Apple Tree Drive

Ray Stone, 4528 Roundhill Road

Elias & Karen Gates, 6508 Carriage Drive

Terry Stone, 4522 Apple Tree Drive

Dan & Doris Gearing, 4827 Tabard Place, Annandale

Tinker & Don Szamborski, 4615 Winston Place

Erika & John Good, 4604 Roundhill Road

Alberta J. Taylor, 6308 Cottonwood Drive

Mike & Bonnie Greek, 6330 Willowood Drive

Rex & Linda Taylor, 6505 Haystack Road

Kathy Gregson, 6411 Rose Hill Drive

Grace Jean H. Thomson, 6302 Cottonwood Drive

Johanna  Guccione, 6013 Leewood Drive

Joanne Thompson, 6323 Cottonwood Drive

Jesua & Crisencio Guinto, 6515 Haystack Road

Nina Tisara, 6408 Hayfield Place

Elmer & Alice Haupt, 6208 Thornwood Drive

James W. Troy, 5004 Eastchester Circle

Ed & Juanita Holloman, 4518 Sturbridge Place

Paul Turner, 4414 Roundhill Road

L.M. Hestvik, 4515 Sturbridge Place

E.A. Lynch-Upchurch, 4701 Flower Lane

Emilie Hood, 5012 Treetop Lane

Stien Van Egmond, 6508 Cottonwood Drive

Douglas Hoey, 6208 Redwood Lane

M.G. & H.E. Varney, 4520 Roundhill Road

Donald Hoffman, 5002 Treetop Lane

Connie Vincenzes, 6610 Cottonwood Drive

Chris Hunter, 6410 Maryview Street

Wanda Violette, 6408 May Boulevard

Barbara & Clifford James, 6412 May Boulevard

Linda & Morgan Walton, 4900 Silo Road

Anna L. Jeffries, 5003 Greenhaven Place

Macy Watts, 6008 Leewood Drive

F.E. Jencks, 6416 Willowood Lane

Don & Nina Weber, 6120 Dew Grass Drive

Marvin & Frances Justice, 6402 Rose Hill Drive

Louise Westgate, 6708 Greendale Road

James & Linda Kandul, 6218 Blossom Lane

Karen Wheeless, 6709 Greendale Road

Edwin & Lilian Kesler, 4405 Roundhill Road

Alice Wilder, 6413 Rose Hill Drive

Audrey Kick, 4517 Sturbridge Place

Jeffrey Williams, 6121 Dew Grass Drive

Jung Kim, 6205 Thornwood Drive

Jamie & Pam Yereb, 4617 Winston Place

Y. S. Kim, 6211 Thornwood Drive

Norma Youmans, 6303 Climbhill Road

D. Kraus, 6300 Rose Hill Drive  

Rose Hill Reserve Update

Edmad Saddah, the engineer for the owners of Rose Hill Reserve presented an update at RHCA’s January meeting. If you missed the meeting, here is a rundown as prepared by our secretary, Beth Kohm:

Emad, who has been coordinating the project on behalf of the landowners, accepted our invitation to provide an update and expressed his regrets that the initial letter that all contiguous homeowners to the land received was incorrect. He encouraged people to respond to the corrected second letter since the process it initiates provides a documentation of current conditions which was a condition of the proffer that was negotiated to protect homeowners against possible issues related to land/construction development. The firm Vibra-Tech does a comprehensive inspection of the property with 75-80 pictures documenting their report.

It was brought to Emad’s attention that at least two homeowners had not received either letters, only learning of it from the civic association and Emad indicated his records showed that five homeowners had not responded yet. The civic association requested a list of who it was sent to and who responded and will be following-up with the homeowners who had not responded. Emad will be following-up as well, as part of their own required due diligence.

An extension of the special exception would have to be filed in June with coordination of the Land Use Advisory Committee and Rose Hill Civic Association being a condition of the special exception. Emad indicated that of the 37 conditions of the proffer, all but six have been met, so the owners are considering moving forward with plan approval which would “lock in” the special exception and end the process of requesting extensions.

 

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Original Plan for Rose Hill Section III R-3 – 59 Lots is on the left.  This original plan provided no open space and through streets.

 

Proposed Development for Rose Hill Section III Clustered R-3 – 45 Lots is on the right. The open space will remain as aconservation area.

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A discussion on process and potential timelines occurred with Carl Sell reviewing that the plan is tied to the entity submitting it and any changes (material changes, bankruptcy, transfers, etc.) would open up the plan for revision. The plan can always be revised but it does start the process again. With the current depressed market conditions, there is no timeline for development and many of the potential partners/ developers expressed a higher interest in the as-right 59 lots instead of the special exception, 45 lots. Emad reiterated that it is their plan to work with the community on the plan that has been negotiated.

It was shared with Emad that neighbors have observed vehicle and human activity on the property. He committed to following-up since there should be no construction activity. He will investigate and pro-vide an update to the civic association but activity should be reported to the President or other officers to ensure that there is no illegal dumping or other unauthorized activity.

Two open issues were raised that were committed for follow-up: the additional plantings at a Carriage Drive property and a drilling hole that had not been filled properly behind a house on Rose Hill Drive. Outstanding issues should be reported to the civic association who will share with Emad in order for action to be taken.

The price point for the houses in Rose Hill Reserve is still $800,000.

Traffic projections for the houses have already been built into the transportation plan which began a discussion around the increased traffic on Telegraph Road. Emad was thanked for his time and discussion ensued on that topic.

—Beth Kohm

New Crime Solver Technology

With the recent creation of their new website, Fairfax County Crime Solvers has tapped into the latest technology available for receiving anonymous tips. Tipsters may now give their information via texting or e-mail using state-of-the-art software purchased through Anderson Software. Texting is a popular form of communication for the younger generation and Fairfax County Crime Solvers hopes to open that line of communication with them. Previously, tipsters were limited to calling a phone number.

This new software opens the door for Crime Solver programs and interfaces these newer forms of communication with tip-taking. It enables tipsters to communicate through a secure server that blocks their identity. Thus, tipsters are able to relay vital information from anywhere they can send text or e-mail messages and at any time. In addition, their new website provides current information on wanted persons, news releases, suspects caught in the act and upcoming events.

This site is continually updated. It was designed with the user in mind and provides a means to stay current with the latest efforts of the Crime Solvers Board. Fairfax County Crime Solvers is the first in the Washington Metropolitan region to implement this new texting and e-mail software. Other programs in the nation that currently use it have seen a sharp increase in the number of tips received.

Fairfax County Crime Solvers is a non-profit 501C3 organization comprised of business leaders and citizens throughout the area. They provide a venue for those with knowledge of a criminal act to report information without the fear of retaliation. Their tip lines are protected under law. The Fairfax County Crime Solvers’ Board of Directors invites you to visit their new website at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org. Those who wish to report information may now utilize one of the three methods available:

        By phone – Call 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) and follow the voice prompts to Fairfax County

        By e-mail – Visit www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org and click on the secure link to communicate back and forth

        By texting – Text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES (274637)

—FCPD

Fairfax County Head Start Program is currently accepting applications. For more information, please call 703.277.2624 or visit their website: http://www.fcps.edu/DIS/OECFS/fecep.

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.

Dates in 2008:                       

  • Sunday, March 9

  • Sunday, May 18

  • Sunday, July 13

  • Sunday, September 14

  • Sunday, November 16

Each clinic is held from 12 - 2pm at Fairfax County Animal Shelter, 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22043.

For more information about the rabies clinics, visit the Fairfax County Animal Services Division website: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/animal services.

 

For Sale

1999 Cadillac Eldorado. Northstar V-8 engine that also operates on 6 cylinders in normal driving. High mileage but well maintained. Very clean. Estate sale. Asking $4,500 but will listen to offers. 703.971.4716 or sellcarl@aol.com.

 

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 marty@fabrications.us 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 jimsapp7@msn.com.

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"

$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 703.910.6316. 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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