Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
Rose Hill Civic Association Meeting
Tuesday, March 24, 7pm
John Marshall Library
Editor, The Rambler
RHCA, P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310
Springfield Mall Redevelopment, Human-Wildlife Conflict Programs Highlight February 24 RHCA Agenda
Because we were snowed out in January, the presentation on the Springfield Mall redevelopment has been rescheduled as part of the February 24 meeting of the Rose Hill Civic Association. In addition, we will hear from Humane Wildlife Service on the issue of control of wildlife in our homes and yards. As usual, the meeting begins at 7pm in the community room of the John Marshall Library.
The Springfield Mall presentation will take place first, starting sharply at 7pm. The Humane Wildlife presentation will follow. We have set aside an hour for each subject, including a question and answer period.
Representatives of the owners of Springfield Mall will outline an ambitious conversion of the area from a retail destination to a combination of retail, office, hotels and condos. The retail portion of the makeover will occur first, with the current mall being converted from an inward-facing development to a combination of inside and outside facing shops. A new street is proposed on the mall property with street-front shops. Target will become a one-level store and the movie and food court activities will be joined.
Future phases, depending on market conditions, will bring the offices, hotels, and condos. Access to the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station will be improved and a shuttle bus service will connect the development with Metro and the rest of Springfield. The mall has agreed to participate in the funding of the shuttle service.
Humane Wildlife Services is a private company that offers humane resolutions to human-wildlife conflicts without trapping, relocating, or killing wildlife. They concentrate on evicting and excluding wildlife from homes. A representative will discuss how to inspect our homes for potential wildlife entries and how to reduce food and shelter availability.
The wildlife portion of the program is triggered by a lively discussion last Fall as to how to deal with raccoons, groundhogs, deer, and other animals. Thanks to Stephanie Young for following up and arranging this program.
County Budget, Assessments
The Fairfax County Executive will announce his recommended budget for the fiscal year 2010, which begins July 1, 2009, on Monday, February 23. At the same time, residents will begin receiving their property assessments for the same time period. Your tax bill will be based on that assessment. It is anticipated that assessments will go down an average of 14 percent throughout the County. Therefore, expect the County Executive’s proposed tax rate to increase. It was 92 cents last year. The County is projecting a $650 million budget deficit so there will have to be deep cuts or a hefty tax increase, or a combination of the two, to balance the books. After hearing from the County Executive, the Board of Supervisors will hold a series of public hearings before setting the rate. Those hearings are usually dominated by groups hoping to increase, or this year, retain current levels. By acting as a community, Rose Hill can have a voice in what finally happens. As was the case last year, we will discuss the issue of assessments and the tax rate at our March meeting and then make a recommendation to the County. You will recall we were effective in getting our assessments and taxes lowered last year. Given the huge deficit, it will be tougher this year, but we may be able to limit the increase if that is the will of the members.
February is the next to last month of our 2009 membership drive. If your name isn’t listed on page 4, make sure it is there in the March Rambler. It takes the dues of 30 members to print each month’s Rambler. And the dues of 50 members to finance the Rose Hill Beauty contest. Remember, only RHCA members receive signs or updated stickers for existing signs. We also need funds to pay for:
Our post office box
Contributions to local groups who enhance our community such as the annual Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas morning breakfast for police who have to work on the holiday when restaurants are closed
Koinonia to help the less fortunate among us
The Edison all-night graduation party, and
Food for the staff at Lee District Park on July 4.
Since dues alone don’t provide enough to fund all of our activities, we ask that you consider a donation to our general fund. You can also help pay for the landscaping and flowers at our entrance sign that is updated four times a year with a donation. Fill out the membership form on Page 5 and send it along with your check to RHCA, P.O. Box 10891, Franconia, VA 22310. You also can find the membership form on MyRoseHill.com.
Thanks from Carl and Linda
Vice President Linda Nichols and I want to publicly thank those people make RHCA such an effective organization with such a low budget. Without their help, we couldn’t produce or deliver The Rambler or operate one of the best community websites in the area. Special thanks to Marty Williams, Editor of The Rambler, and Jim Sapp, Webmaster for MyRoseHill.com. Both are former Rose Hill residents. Marty edits The Rambler from her perch overlooking the Occoquan River and Belmont Bay and Jim designs and updates MyRoseHill.com from the mountains in Colorado. Thanks to the volunteers who deliver The Rambler nine times a year: Margo Cunniffe, Cynthia Thomas, Mark Broxterman, Ginny Pinkham, But The Nguyen, Tom Strah, Dan Bearth, Tom and Alice Mangum, Marie Sherfey, Carolyn Slenska, Theresa Eppolito, Zoe-Ann Freitag, Karen Collins, and Cody Palmer. Thanks for a job well done to Sam Covington, who is retiring from his Rambler route. Finally, thanks to Carolyn Slenska, our treasurer who deposits all those membership checks and, most importantly, pays the bills.
RHCA will hold its annual election of officers in March. If you would like to serve, let us know. Only RHCA members can vote in an election. Even if you aren’t interested in running for office, there are numerous things you can do to help your community. We still need block captains for neighborhood watch, particularly on Apple Tree Drive, Willowood Lane, the upper part of Roundhill Road, and Leewood Drive. And, we need a neighbor to deliver The Rambler on Saddle Tree Drive and the lower part of Round Hill Road from Climbhill Road to Saddle Tree and Apple Tree Drive from Willowood Lane to Rose Hill Drive (only 58 houses). You can also help with the judging of the annual Rose Hill Beauty and Holiday Lighting programs. Most important, we’ll put you in charge of implementing any idea you have that will improve our community. [If anyone would like to volunteer for the positions of Editor, Webmaster, or delivery person, the first page has all the contact information. -Ed.]
Beware of Solicitors
Spring is just around the corner and it’s not only robins that are among the first to arrive! Watch out for people knocking on your door wanting to repair your driveway, clean your yard, fix your roof, trim your trees, and so on. Make sure anyone you hire shows you a Fairfax County solicitor’s license. It will include their picture on the front and fingerprints on the back. If you don’t want to be bothered, post a sign that says NO SOLICITORS, and those with licenses will know they are not allowed to knock. Those who do are illegal. If an unlicensed solicitor knocks on your door, report them to the police non-emergency number, 703.691.2131. Provide any information, description, etc. you can. License plate numbers are especially helpful; that way, if a crime is committed in the neighborhood, the police will know where to start looking. Criminals are resourceful and will use any ruse to gain admittance to your home or personal information. A good rule of thumb is to do business only with reputable firms or those who can have Fairfax County business licenses. Check out The Rambler’s Business Directory for neighbors who may provide a business service you need.
TIPS ON PROTECTING YOUR HOME AND PROPERTY
Immediately call the police whenever you observe something suspicious. Many crimes would be deterred if everyone was alert to suspicious activity and notified the police.
Maintaining an appearance of occupancy, even when your residence is vacant, is essential to thwarting burglary attempts. Timers which automatically regulate the interior lighting of a home can make it “lived in.” Timers can be used while on vacation, when you are out to dinner, or even during the day while at work. A talk radio station on a timer can also deter burglars from entering your home.
Exterior lighting is extremely important to residential security. Yard lights and entrance lights can be equipped with sensors and timers to turn lights on at dusk and off at dawn. A motion detector can be installed to turn lights on when someone enters your property.
Many home owners wish to increase their protection by adding an alarm system. Individuals who have been arrested say that an alarm is the number one deterrent that keeps them from burglarizing a residence.
Keep doorways, windows, and porches clear when planting bushes and flowers. Remember that the bushes which provide you with privacy also give a burglar a place to hide.
Window locks are just as important as locks on your door. All basement windows and ground floor windows as well as those easily reached from the roof, porch, carport, etc., should be secured. Locks on these windows prevent a burglar from breaking the window and reaching in and opening the latch. Burglars seldom crawl through the broken glass in a window frame.
Let your neighbors know when you plan to go on vacation. While on vacation:
Stop your papers (including the free neighborhood newspaper)
Stop your mail
Lock up outside ladders
Mark your valuable property so it can be identified if it is stolen. Engravers may be borrowed from Fairfax County Public Libraries. Take pictures of your valuables to help with identification if they are stolen.
These home security tips and many more are what a trained officer will tell you when visiting your home to do a security survey. For additional information, call Franconia District Crime Prevention Officers MPO Allie Eggers or PFC Julia Bauer at 703.922.8263.
To Report Crime Call: 911 (Emergency)
The Fairfax County Police Department offers residents 55 years of age and older enrollment in the Mature Operator’s Driver Improvement Program (MODIP). This eight hour course, which provides safe driving information, is sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and is presented by certified Fairfax County Auxiliary Police Officers. Upon completion of this course, drivers are eligible for the Virginia State-mandated insurance premium reduction (check with individual insurance carriers for the amount). The classes are normally held the second Saturday of each month at the Franconia District Station. The next seminar is scheduled at the Franconia District Station, located at 6121 Franconia Road, from 8am to 4pm on March 14. Registration is required and can be done by contacting the MODIP reservations line at 703.924.6588. The fee for this course is $10.00 per person for books and materials.
2009 RHCA Members as of February 11, 2009
Nouria & Suham Abbou, 6115 Rose Hill Drive
James Lockwood, 6114 Clovergrass Drive
Wilmer & Nancy Anderson, 4500 Apple Tree Drive
Jamey & David Lord, 6208 Redwood Lane
Augusto Alvarez, 6507 Carriage Drive
Wellington & Ann Machmer, 6200 Willowood Lane
Nida & Jerry Antonio, 6406 May Boulevard
Raymond & Evelyn Market, 4608 Mayor Place
Frank & Rayma Bale, 6315 Willowood Lane
Mark & Natalie McBride, 4421 Roundhill Road
Rick & Pat Ballard, 4519 Lark Lane
Madge McKay, 6402 Wayside Place
P.G. Bauserman, 4531 Roundhill Road
George & Susan McKittrick, 6113 Clovergrass Drive
Margie Beach, 4429 Roundhill Road
Donald & Nancy McMinn, 4804 Apple Tree Drive
Connie Beatty, 6428 Rose Hill Drive
Marnie Mesinger, 6603 Cottonwood Drive
Daniel Bearth, 6417 Rose Hill Drive
Mimi Minarik, 6518 Telegraph Road
Carl & Margaret Bon, 5001 Eastchester Circle
Edna Mitchell, 6305 May Boulevard
Shirley Bennington, 6405 May Boulevard
J.M. Neidermeyer, 6500 Haystack Road
Jeannette Bottomly, 5003 Eastchester Circle
H. & G. Newman, 4910 Silo Road
Bill Braswell, 6307 Climbhill Road
Dave & Linda Nichols, 6416 Rose Hill Drive
Gary Bravy, 6214 Climbhill Road
Kimbinh Nguyen, 6711 Greendale Road
Bob Brown, 4526 Apple Tree Drive
But Nguyen, 6512 Rose Hill Drive
Mark & Lorraine Broxterman, 6424 Haystack Road
Teal Norris & Fred Obermeyer, 6012 Leewood Drive
Jason & Maureen Cardone, 6418 Willowood Lane
Lucy & Larry Pettit, 6501 Carriage Drive
Roger & Carol Christiansen, 6409 Maryview Street
Jo Ann Ponce, 6203 Willowood Lane
Bob Ciccotelli, 6511 Haystack Road
Orlando & Cristy Ramos, 6303 Willowood Lane
Sally Coler, 6401 Hayfield Place
Monica Reed, 6422 Rose Hill Drive
Matthew & Cynthia Dailey, 5009 Eastchester Circle
Adam & Rita Rice, 6431 Carriage Drive
Elaine Davidson, 4609 Roundhill Road
James & Nancy Richey, 4402 Roundhill Road
Betty Elliott, 6411 Maryview Street
David Ridgway, 4609 Cottonwood Place
Bernice Evans, 6411 Willowood Lane
Frank Schoenle, 6302 Climbhill Road
Susan Feagley, 4705 Split Rock Road
G. Miller & L. Seiss, 6415 Willowood Lane
Tom Felleisen, 6406 Hayfield Place
James & Marie Sherfey, 6415 Rose Hill Drive
Joseph Finnegan, 6409 Hayfield Place
Lori Scheibe, 5010 Treetop Lane
Anna Fish, 6301 Cottonwood Drive
Diana & Marty Shupack, 6419 Haystack Road
Trigg & Beverly Flannagan, 6514 Haystack Road
Chris & Sara Sicks, 6606 Cottowood Drive
Barry & Zoe-Ann Freitag, 6303 May Boulevard
Burton & Debbie Slack, 4803 Apple Tree Drive
Kae Furneisen, 4912 Treetop Lane
Michael Smith/Ratri Friend, 6111 Leewood Drive
Ed & Shirley Gailliot, 4801 Apple Tree Drive
Mary Stinnette, 4520 Apple Tree Drive
Marlene Garlick, 6404 Hayfield Place
Marlene Hass Smith, 6304 Cottonwood Drive
John & Erica Good, 4604 Roundhill Road
Terry Stone, 4522 Apple Tree Drive
Mike & Bonnie Greek, 6330 Willowood Lane
Thomas Strah, 6421 Rose Hill Drive
Johanna Guccione, 8013 Leewood Drive
Tinker & Don Szamborski, 4615 Winston Place
Chris & Susie Guinto, 6515 Haystack Road
Judy Taylor & Carlos Rolon, 6503 Rose Hill Drive
Carole, Sal & Joanna Guzzetta, 6407 May Boulevard
Joe & Lorraine Hatcher, 6102 Leewood Drive
Stan & Cynthia Thomas, 4701 Split Rock Road
L. M. Hestvik, 4515 Sturbridge Place
Nina Tisara, 6408 Hayfield Court
Emilie Hood, 5012 Treetop Lane
James Troy. 5004 Eastchester Circle
D.J. Jamison, 4707 Split Rock Road
Stein Van Egmond, 6508 Cottonwood Drive
Marvin & Frances Justice, 6402 Rose Hill Drive
Connie Vincenzes, 6610 Cottonwood Drive
Jim & Lynda Kandul, 6218 Blossom Lane
Don & Nina Weber, 6120 Dew Grass Court
Audrey Kick, 4517 Sturbridge Lane
Karen Wheeless, 6709 Greendale Road
Ana & Charles Kimberly, 6504 Cottonwood Drive
Charles & Patricia Wimberly, 6506 Haystack Place
John & Patricia Lawrence, 6330 Maryview Street
Norma Youmans, 6303 Climbhill Road
Jayne K. Letsche, 6502 Cottonwood Drive
Stephanie Young/Darren Springer, 6402 Willowood Lane
Edward & Anna Lewis, 6117 Leewood Drive
Fairfax County School Board Invites Public Comment on School Start and Dismissal Times
The Fairfax County School Board invites parents and interested citizens to comment on changes to school start and dismissal times that are under consideration by attending one of seven upcoming community dialogue meetings in February and by completing an online survey.
A report from the School Board’s Transportation Task Force offers recommendations to change school start and dismissal times and to improve the overall effectiveness of Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) transportation system. The changes would affect elementary, middle, and high school students. Because changing school start and dismissal times could affect work schedules, child care arrangements, and after-school activities – including athletics – the School Board wants to hear from the public about the pros and cons of the changes.
Seven community dialogue meetings will be held in February:
Tuesday, February 24, 7 to 9pm:
· Annandale High School, 4700 Medford Drive, Annandale
· Longfellow Middle School, 2000 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church
· Oak View Elementary School, 5004 Sideburn Road, Fairfax
Wednesday, February 25, 7 to 9pm:
· Herndon High School, 700 Bennett Street, Herndon
· Rocky Run Middle School, 4400 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly
Thursday, February 26, 7 to 9pm:
· Providence Elementary School, 3616 Jermantown Road, Fairfax
· Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parkers Lane, Alexandria
In the event of inclement weather, a makeup dialogue session will be held on Tuesday, March 3, from 7 to 9pm at Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. The School Board invites all Fairfax County citizens to share their comments and opinions about changes to school start and dismissal times that the Board is discussing. Besides the above-mentioned meeting dates, citizens can complete an online survey at http://www.fcps.edu/news/start.htm (through Saturday, February 28).
Students in grades 6–12 have been invited to fill out a special student survey to share their comments about the proposed changes. FCPS employees will also be able to complete a survey. Responses and comments from all the surveys will be compiled and given to the Fairfax County School Board in time for the Board’s work session on Monday, March 9.
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 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.
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