Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
We’re Still Trying to Find More Rose Hill Originals
Cottonwood Drive, near its intersection with Apple Tree Drive, was a dirt road when Jean and William Stemple moved there in early 1955. Soon thereafter, the Thomsons (Jean and Robert) moved in a few doors away. They knew the Stemples were the only other residents because it was the only house with the lights on. And, just across the street on Apple Tree, Helen Wagness arrived in November of 1955. The Stemples, Jean Thomson, and Helen Wagness are still there.
A couple of years later, Mike and Bea Evans moved to Willowood Lane near Telegraph Road. They didn’t have far to go, having moved from Virginia Hills. Later that year, Helen and Robert Flahive moved to Cottonwood Drive west of Rose Hill Drive. They arrived before the house was finished so their kids could start school in the fall. Not long thereafter, Jane Letsche move a few doors away from Helen, and Jack and Dot Moore took up residence at the corner of Cottonwood and Winston Place. Jack was one of the early Boy Scout leaders in Rose Hill. The Evans, Helen Flahive, Jane Letsche, and the Moores are still there.
RHCA is seeking information on other Rose Hill ‘originals’ who still live here. As part of our 50th anniversary, we are planning to put their names on a plaque at the historic marker in front of the John Marshall Library. We’d like to get the plaque installed by early summer of 2006.
Since Rose Hill was built over a number of years, we want to honor those long-term residents who have either reached or are closing in on 50 years in the community. The only criterion is that they have lived in an original Rose Hill address since it was built.
We have identified other long-time residents in earlier editions of The Rambler. All are listed on our website, MyRoseHill.com. If you know of any others, please give me a call at 703.971.4716 or email me at email@example.com. We don’t want to miss anyone. (Check out William Stemple’s story later in the Rambler.)
Although we don’t have a speaker for the RHCA meeting on Tuesday, January 24, at the library, there will be lots going on. The meeting starts at 7pm. The grading plan for Rose Hill Section III (Rose Hill Reserve) will be available, along with the RHCA letter to the County engineers. We hope to be able to further update those who are interested in the dilapidated house on Roundhill Road. Also, the latest information on traffic calming will be made available and discussed. RHCA will be participating in a meeting on that subject the day after the meeting, so it is important that the concerns of the community are discussed again beforehand. We also will be planning future topics and speakers for RHCA meetings. Finally, we’ll give everyone a chance to ask questions or make suggestions about how to continue to improve our community. Make plans to be with us at 7pm on Tuesday, January 24, at the John Marshall Library.
Once again, Rose Hill was ablaze with outdoor lights during the Holiday season. If you didn’t drive around the community and enjoy the displays, you missed a good time. Two of the grand prize winners were off the beaten path while the Downeys on Telegraph Road continued to provide a pleasant sight for Rose Hill and the surrounding communities. The Dillons on Winston Place and the Corbins on Blossom Lane had over-the-top displays. All three earned grand prizes. Once again, the Luginbills had their large tree lighted on Rose Hill Drive and the Dodsons did the same around the corner on Wayside Place. Cynthia Johnson-Cavey on East Chester once again won the prize for the best entrance display. Exceptional awards went to the Fulks and Campbells on Cottonwood Drive, the Szamborskis on Winston Place, The Palmers on Apple Tree Drive, the Karanwals on Telegraph Road, and the Barneys on Treetop Lane. Also, the Alstons and the Friend/Smith combo on Leewood Drive, the Masons on Saddle Tree Drive, and the Calunguis on Roundhill Road had exceptional displays. There were numerous excellent and outstanding displays. The compete list of winners is on the next page. Certificates for the major categories will be available within a few days.
Lee District Park Lights
Despite the objections from RHCA and numerous Rose Hill residents, it appears the Park Authority is going ahead with plans to light the athletic fields at Lee District Park. Supervisor Kauffman said in an email to several residents that he does not believe that traffic on Rose Hill Drive will increase significantly and that the lights should not cause enough glare to adversely affect our community. He did say that he has asked for more information concerning the latter issue. RHCA has asked to be informed of any lighting updates. We also have been told that there likely will be restriction on the hours the fields will be lighted. If the Park Authority is so sure the lights will not be a problem, why then restrict their use? Apparently, we have hit a nerve. The Park Authority is scheduled to take up the proposed new master plan in February. As of this writing, RHCA has not received a reply from the Park Authority to a letter stating the community’s concerns. Perhaps the most disturbing element of this issue is that it appears the Park Authority staff apparently decided to move forward and ignored input from the community. I want to be clear that the staff at Lee District Park always has been cooperative with and sensitive to the concerns of our community. Too bad the staff at headquarters in Fairfax didn’t follow that good neighbor policy.
The house at 4612 Roundhill Road is falling down and we’re having a tough time getting the owner or the County to do anything about it. RHCA’s New Year’s resolution is to apply pressure on both to get the eyesore cleaned up. The neighbors on Roundhill Road, Willowood Lane, and Dew Grass Drive shouldn’t have to live next to such a mess. We have talked to Supervisor Kauffman and he has agreed to put pressure on the appropriate County agencies to get something done. The Health Department has notified the owners that the property must be secured in order to prevent outside entry. If that is not done, the Health Department has the authority to secure the property. RHCA supports that first step in order to prevent unauthorized occupancy and the possibility of any neighborhood youngsters entering the house and suffering an injury. More important, the Health Department records indicate that it can attest that the property has been vacant since April of 2002. The neighbors say it’s been longer. In any event, that’s enough time for the County’s Blight Abatement Office to move forward with rehabilitation plans should the owner not do it himself.
The property is owned by John A. Ruth of Springfield. RHCA has contacted Mr. Ruth on several occasions in an attempt to get the property cleaned up and repaired. According to court records, the house was sold at foreclosure sale on November 7, 1997. The sale was conducted by an attorney as the substitute trustee under a deed of trust from John A. Ruth that secured a loan held by Chevy Chase Bank, FSB. The property was sold to a third party. However, after the closing, Mr. Ruth filed an action in Fairfax County Circuit Court contesting the sale on the ground that the bank had allowed him to cure (satisfy) the default under his loan prior to the fore-closure sale. The parties negotiated a settlement on the matter, which basically entailed rescinding the foreclosure sale and restoring Mr. Ruth as the owner of the property.
RHCA will continue to pressure the County on a regular basis. Any new developments between issues of The Rambler will be updated on our website, MyRoseHill.com. Make sure you log on to the website and add your name to those who wish to be notified when there are updates of any kind.
Rose Hill Reserve Update
The owner of Rose Hill Section III, the 22-plus acres generally located west of Rose Hill Drive and Cottonwood Drive and north of Carriage Drive has filed a site plan with the County. It appears to follow the plan negotiated by RHCA and approved by the Board of Supervisors in July of 2004. The plan calls for 45 houses, a reduction of 14 from what previously was approved. RHCA continues to have questions about the feasibility of developing two houses behind Winston Place, a water runoff problem behind the houses on Rose Hill Drive near the new community’s entrance at Wayside Place, and the width of the buffer in several specific locations. We have asked the County engineers to take note of our concerns during their review. Also, since the project is to be built on marine clay, a review by an independent board of engineers will be undertaken. We have asked the County engineers to report their findings at an RHCA meeting prior to any action of the site plan. They have agreed to do so.
Recently, The Rambler at 6711 Greendale Road was torn down and a new two-story house began to rise in its place. However, the company doing the work had not bothered to obtain either a demolition permit or a building permit. Fairfax County was notified of the violations and ordered the work stopped until the proper permits were issued. The situation should give pause to anyone in Rose Hill who plans to tear down an existing house and build a bigger one in its place, or plans to build an addition of any kind. Building, mechanical, and electrical permits should be in place before work begins by a licensed contractor. The permit process is not an easy one, so allow enough time to obtain them. And, remember, you can’t get a permit unless your addition is built within the zoning envelope. Since Rose Hill is zoned R-3, that means it must be 12 feet from the property line on the side, 30 feet in the front, 25 feet in the rear, and the height limitation is 35 feet. In the event you build an addition without a permit and get by with it, your troubles are not over. A closer reading of your homeowner’s insurance policy could reveal that additions or improvements built without the proper permits are not covered.
2006 RHCA Membership Drive Underway
The early birds listed on the next page have already renewed their Rose Hill Civic Association membership for 2006. We hope you will fill out the membership form and mail it to RHCA at your earliest convenience.
The regular dues help pay for the printing of The Rambler, provide the Rose Hill Beauty signs (you don't get one unless you are a member), and help support Neighborhood Watch and various charities that benefit our community. For example, we support Koinonia, the Edison All-Night Graduation party, the Christmas Eve dinner for police on duty, and food for the staff at Lee District Park who work July 4.
In addition, RHCA takes on various projects each year that help support the community. For example, last year we funded the supplies and plants for the new garden at the library facing Rose Hill Drive. We also pay for the seasonal plantings at the entrance sign at Rose Hill Drive. We ask for contributions to support these projects.
This year, we are establishing a fund to help offset costs incurred by the staff at Rose Hill Elementary that are not paid for by the school system. Principal Terri Czarniak will work with RHCA to make sure the money is used for legitimate purposes that will help either needy students or buy supplies needed by classroom teachers.
We also appreciate contributions to the general fund for unforeseen items that may come up such as the expensive damage to the entrance sign two years ago.
2006 members as of January 13, 2006, are listed below. They can also be found online at MyRoseHill.com under the heading RHCA Members 2006.
6400 Hayfield Place
Jo Ann Barney
5000 Tree Top Lane
6428 Rose Hill Drive
Philip & Carol Bishop
6310 Climbhill Road
6214 Climbhill Road
4526 Apple Tree Drive
Mark & Lorraine Broxterman
6424 Haystack Road
6402 Cottonwood Drive
Raul & Kelly Castillo
6413 Willowood Lane
Bev & Norm Cherkis
6300 Saddle Tree Drive
Beatrice & Robert Christensen
6500 Carriage Drive
Roger & Carol Christiansen
6409 Maryview Street
6511 Haystack Road
6401 Hayfield Place
6611 Cottonwood Drive
Bill & Sally Dankers and Marjorie Parkyn
6511 Carriage Drive
Ed & Shirley Gailliot
4801 Apple Tree Drive
Chris & Susie Guinto
6515 Haystack Road
Joe & Lorraine Hatcher
6102 Leewood Drive
Fredy & Maxine Heyer
4704 Flower Lane
6208 Redwood Lane
John & Erika Good
4604 Roundhill Road
John & Jackie Lewis
6206 Thornwood Drive
Leahsa McCaw & Richard Sandoval
6402 Rye Court
Frank & Marge McConnell
6220 Thornwood Drive
6303 Cottonwood Drive
6603 Cottonwood Drive
6500 Haystack Road
But & Mien Nguyen
6512 Rose Hill Drive
Teal Norris & Fred Obermeyer
6012 Leewood Drive
6401 Maryview Street
Stella & Anthony Peters
4610 Mayor Place
Jo Ann Ponce
6203 Willowood Lane
4910 Silo Road
Gopal & Krishna Ray
6412 Willowood Lane
Jim & Nancy Richey
4402 Roundhill Road
David & Nancy Ridgway
4609 Cottonwood Place
Eric & Deborah Rumph
6409 May Boulevard
E. Wayne Ryan
6518 Haystack Road
Carl & Marti Sell
6601 Cottonwood Drive
James & Marie Sherfey
6415 Rose Hill Drive
Michael Smith & Ratri Friend
6111 Leewood Drive
Fred,Nancy & Steve Stinnette
4520 Apple Tree Drive
Ms. Ray M. Stone
4528 Roundhill Road
6408 Hayfield Place
4414 Roundhill Road
Wanda & Tom Violette
6408 May Boulevard
6610 Cottonwood Drive
Linda & Lauck Walton
4900 Silo Road
6709 Greendale Road
In His Own Words: William Stemple, a Rose Hill Original
In the summer of 1954, we lived at Ft. Myer and were looking for a house to buy. In early September, we saw an ad for three bedroom, bath and a half, brick ramblers. On a weekend, we took a drive to the country and drove up the long driveway to the Rose Hill model homes. Our home was completed early February and we moved in on February 12, 1955. We were one of the first residents on Cottonwood Drive.
Not long after we moved into our home, a lady stopped at our house and asked if she could look at the layout. This was Jean Thomson, and after seeing our house she and her family bought the house two doors from us. Jean is another of the Rose Hill Originals that still lives in Rose Hill.
We got to know all of our neighbors and had many social gatherings. In the Fall of 1956, I was transferred to Ft. Holibird, MD. My wife, Jean, and our children stayed here in Rose Hill and I came home on weekends. In the Summer of 1957, I was transferred to Germany. My family accompanied me and we stayed in Germany for three years. We returned to Rose Hill in the Summer of 1960 but many of our original neighbors had moved.
We’ve enjoyed living in Rose Hill and still live in our home on Cottonwood Drive.
In 2007, Virginia celebrates the 400th year since the founding of the Jamestown colony in 1607. Fairfax County plans to publish a book commemorating the past 400 years of Fairfax County history, and you're invited to submit items for this book. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2006.
The book will feature at least four essays or anecdotal articles about each of the last four centuries, for a total of at least 16 selections. You can submit articles or photos about events, people, places or related subjects that have had historical significance within today's Fairfax County geographical boundaries. You must own the work (or show proof that the owner has given permission for its use) and it should not have been published elsewhere. There's no compensation for any submission.
Selections will be made by September 2006. Articles or photographs not selected for publication will be filed in the unpublished manuscript file in the library's Virginia Room. The book should be published in early 2007, and will be distributed to Fairfax County library branches, historical sites and schools, and will also be sold throughout the county.
All entries must be accompanied by a completed submission form. —FCPL
Healthy Heart Pass On Sale
From January 1 to February 14, save 12 to 17 percent. This New Year, make your resolution to be more fit and healthier. Lee District RECenter can help!
Lee District RECenter, approximately 83,600 square feet, is comprised of three major areas: Natatorium, Gymnasium, and Fitness Center.
The Natatorium includes a heated, indoor 50-meter by 25-yard pool, a Superslide, three diving boards, spa, spectator seating, locker rooms, family changing room, saunas, showers, an outdoor sun deck, and grassed sunbathing area.
The 20,400 square foot gymnasium includes one regulation size basketball court which is convertible to two half courts or two volleyball courts. Also included are electronic scoreboards, spectator seating, boxing equipment, volleyball nets, and a three-lane, 1/10 mile running track.
The Fitness Center is well equipped with Cybex VR2 machines connected to the FitLinxx network, a wide selection of cardiovascular equipment, free-weights, and a stretching area.
In addition to these main features, the RECenter also contains racquetball/wallyball courts, two mirrored dance rooms, three multi-purpose rooms, a mezzanine, and preschool.
The surrounding 193-acre park has one soccer field with two overlay t-ball fields, two football fields with two overlay softball fields, four basketball courts, an amphitheater, four picnic areas (one sheltered), horseshoe pits, a sand volleyball court, a playground and tot lot, four lighted tennis courts, a tennis practice wall, walking trails, and a carrousel.
Rose Hill Business Directory – Just Updated!
Residents who own or operate a company are eligible to have their business listed monthly in The Rambler free of charge. Businesses are encouraged to provide Rose Hill residents with quality service and products at a fair price. The Rambler reserves the right to print recommendations from consumers, both pro and con. To have your business listed or to provide updates, call Marty Williams at 703.924.7192.
Mama High’s Pre-School and Day Care. Mrs. Carola High has 16 years of experience in training and caring for children ages 3 weeks through 5 years old. Excellent preparation for those starting kindergarten. We talk with babies and toddlers in simple language. State Licensed, Former Teacher. Full- or part-time. 4613 Cottonwood Place, 703.971.0741.
Llewellyn Family Daycare. 14 years experience providing care for children of all ages. State Licensed, CPR- and First Aid-Certified. Accepting applications for full-time and part-time care. Before and after school care. Transportation provided for Rose Hill Elementary School. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 6:30 am-6:30 pm. Weekend and evening care available upon request. Year-round preschool curriculum. Fun-filled days of learning and exploring. Every month a different theme. Daily activities include reading, arts and crafts, circle time, letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and outdoor play. Plenty of space for activities! Excellent references. Fairfax County Child Care Assistance Program accepted. To schedule an appointment, call Jessica at 703.765.1661.
DG Designs. Web pages, registration, scanning services, hosting, and custom graphic art work. Ronald G. Dillon, 1.877.233.2224, 703.971.2125 or www.dgdesigns.com. Ron, Donna, and their daughters live on Winston Place.
Fabrications. Invitations, flyers, announcements, menus, business cards, brochures, newsletters, mailers, books, proposals, journals, and all your light editing, printing, and paper needs. Marty Williams, Desktop Specialist, 703.924.7192, or firstname.lastname@example.org. She is the Editor of The Rambler and lives on Cottonwood Drive.
Heating and Air Conditioning
Dove Heating and Air Conditioning. We service and install heat pumps, air conditioners, furnaces, hot water heaters, and humidifiers. David and Linda Nichols, 703.971.8897. The Nichols have been in business for 19 years and have lived in Rose Hill for 31 years.
Hugh Watts. From a new roof to the smallest of problems, contact Hugh Watts at 703.593.5908 or email@example.com. Pearl, as he is known, grew up on Haystack Road and his mom still lives there. A number of Rose Hill residents provide glowing references concerning work Pearl has performed for them at a fair price.
Sicks-Pack Productions. Sara Sicks, 703.922.6299. Sara offers personalized stationery and invitations for every occasion—from weddings to birth announcements to parties—all at 10 to 20% less than what you would pay if you bought the same item at a stationery store. Come by to browse the selection with no obligation. Sara lives on Cottonwood Drive.
Southern Kitchens. Bill York, 703.548.4459. Complete kitchen remodeling. Our showroom is in Alexandria on Mt. Vernon Avenue. Please call for an appointment. Bill lives on Clovergrass Drive.
Fortney Lawn & Garden. David and Jimmy Fortney, 703.960.8869. Although they live in Virginia Hills, the Fortneys work closely with RHCA to maintain the median landscaping on Rose Hill Drive.
Dan’s Lawn & Leaf Service. Daniel P. Bishop, 703.719.7806. We guarantee fast, friendly, and affordable service. Located in the Rose Hill subdivision and serving its residents for 4 years.
Licensed Notary Public
Chrissy Blackwell. 703.971.5840, after 6pm and on weekends. Chrissy lives on Willowood.
Creative Memories. Sally Dankers, 571.331.7245. Get your precious photographs out of the drawer and organized in a beautiful photo-safe album. Sally has lived on Carriage Drive since 1990.
Painting by Sherry. Cheryl Matey, 703.921.9422. Exterior/Interior. Cheryl has lived in Rose Hill 20 years.
Welcome Waggin’ Professional Pet Sitting. www.welcomewaggin.com, 703.819.0809. Welcome Waggin’ is a small company offering extremely personalized service. We do mid-day dog walking as well as pet sitting visits to the home for people who are away on business or vacation. Bonded, insured, and references available. Proud members of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and The Northern Virginia Professional Pet Sitters Network. Janelle Welch lives on Sturbridge Place.
Tisara Photography. Nina Tisara, 703.838.8098. Tisara Photography is a family business with a full-service studio in Old Town, Alexandria, since 1990. They specialize in portraits and special events. Nina lives on Hayfield Place.
Hand-Made Quilts. Sally Dankers and her mother, Marjorie Parkyn, make quilts for sale. They are one of a kind and very beautiful. If interested, please call 703.924.3704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Re/Max Allegiance. Karen Davidson, 703.927.4448. www.homesdatabase.com/karendavidson, www.karen-davidson.com, email: email@example.com. Karen lives on Roundhill Road.
Re/Max Metro 100. Steve Dougherty, 703.971.3886 (home) or 642.3380 (office). Steve, his wife Holly, and their 6 children live on Roundhill Road.
Timothy’s Roofing Company, Inc. Timothy Jenkins, 703.820.6065. Timothy has installed several roofs in Rose Hill since moving to our neighborhood (Appletree Drive) in 2002. He has a Class A Contractors License and has been in business for 24 years. Free estimates.
Arbor Experts. Brad Campbell, 703.339.6451. Removal, trimming, pruning, etc. Brad lives on Roundhill Road and wants to serve his home neighborhood in Rose Hill. Local references available.
Volunteers Are The Backbone of Our Organization
I would like to thank the small army of volunteers that make The Rambler possible on all levels. First of all, there’s Carl Sell, RHCA President, who provides his President’s Message, the backbone of The Rambler every month. Please remember that anyone can write articles for the newsletter—it’s yours, why not contribute?
Then there’s Don Lynch, a man with a strong back, literally. He picks up the big box of Ramblers from The UPS Store, counts them out into smaller piles, and then drives them to the homes of the individuals who walk them to your door.
That small army of walkers are out there nine times a year, no matter the weather, delivering your community newsletter to your door. A big thank you goes out to them. They include but not limited to: Dan Bearth, Mark Broxterman, Bev & Norm Cherkis, Karen Collins, Sam Covington, Margo Cunniffe, Theresa Eppolito, Helen Flahive, Larry Fowler, Zoe-Ann Freitag, Ollie King, Cody Palmer, Carl Sell, Marie Sherfey, Sarah Shoaee, Carolyn Slenska, Tom Strah, Cynthia Thomas, and Pam & Jamie Yereb.
The Rambler is online, too, at MyRoseHill.com. That website is still being maintained by our Colorado webmaster, Jim Sapp. I can’t thank him enough for all the work he does for The Rambler and Rose Hill in general (still!). He’s willing to continue his duties as webmaster, however, we would like someone in the community with web experience to step up and take over those duties so Jim can enjoy his retirement and lovely wife and adorable grandchildren a little more. If you are interested in the position, please contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org, and he’ll explain what goes on behind the pages of MyRoseHill.com.
A personal note from Jim: Just so you know that I am not just sitting around getting rusty. I have taken my experiences gained while in Rose Hill and applied them to my new community of friends and neighbors in Colorado by developing a new community webpage MyWoodside.com. This webpage will give you some insight in Colorado life and, surprisingly, our community has many of the same development issues here that you face in Rose Hill. We are also fortunate to have civic leaders, such as Carl, to "fight the good fight" for the benifit of everyone. And, now that Patsy and I are settled in our new home, I would like to share with you our experiences in building our "log cabin." Just click on Jimmy & Patsy's Adventure
While I’m on the subject of needing volunteers...we also would like someone to volunteer to sell ads for The Rambler. If you’re a people person, this job is a piece of cake and spending just a couple hours a month can yield big returns for RHCA. The rates are so reasonable, many businesses can’t resist.
If you’d like to help out in a different arena, at a different time, contact Woody Betts about Rose Hill’s Neighborhood Watch (703.971.0520 or email@example.com). Not only would I thank you, but your neighbors would, too.
Thanks again to everyone involved in Rose Hill from those elected officials to the people that call and simply give information. It is a volunteer civic organization and wouldn’t be if not for you. If you want more information on volunteering, contact me (703.924.7192) or Carl Sell (703.971.4716).
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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