Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
January 2007

President’s Message

Two Developments Top Agenda For First Meeting of New Year

The Rose Hill Civic Association will start 2007 with updates on two development proposals at its January 23 meeting at 7pm in the community room at the John Marshall Library. Rose Hill Reserve, the 22-acre addition to our community located west of Rose Hill Drive and north of Carriage Drive, is in the final stages of site plan approval. A preliminary plan for Ellison Estates, a four-plus acre site located between Thornwood Drive and Climbhill Road with access to Driftwood Drive and Telegraph Road was filed with the County on November 29, 2006.

Rose Hill Reserve is a 45 lot subdivision that was the subject of a Special Exception approval for cluster by the Board of Supervisors 2 years ago. It includes a large number of conditions negotiated by RHCA as part of the approval process. Those conditions are available on our website, Click on Rose Hill Reserve and read the conditions adopted by the Board of Supervisors on June 21, 2005. The area previously was approved for 59 lots under R-3 zoning.

Ellison Estates also is zoned R-3 and the proposal is for a cluster arrangement to include 11 new homes and the retention of two existing homes on the site. Unlike Rose Hill Reserve, Ellison Estates does not have to go through a Special Exception because of a change in the law that took effect two years ago. The State legislature approved, and the governor signed into law, a proposal that exempts cluster development within a zoning envelope such as R-3 from additional public scrutiny. Therefore, Ellison Estates is a by right development and no public hearings will be held.

However, RHCA intends to be heard on site plan issues that include development on marine clay and storm water runoff. Given the recent flooding in the area, we have suggested that the County allow no additional development in the area until existing problems are resolved. A preliminary plan must be followed by detailed engineering studies and a separate geotechnical study outlining how development will take place on marine clay. Copies of the site plan are available on by clicking on Ellison Estates.

We plan to allocate an hour to each development. Which one goes first will be determined in consultation with the County staff present. If there is no preference, we’ll flip a coin and proceed. Since there are similar issues involved, there will be something for everyone in both presentations. There should be time for questions after each presentation. However, each is limited to an hour and we must vacate the building by 9pm. If your question is not answered, get it to RHCA and we will forward it to the proper staff person for you. Remember, the County staff works for us and will try to accommodate our concerns within the scope of the law.

Holiday Lighting Awards

If you passed the corner of Leewood Drive and Rose Hill Drive (and most of us do daily), you noticed the terrific holiday lighting displays by Mary Mayo at 6122 Leewood Drive and her neighbor, the Alstons. They sure brightened the holidays for all of us in Rose Hill and everyone who passed through our community after dark. Maybe not seen by as many but just as bright were the displays at the Fulks at 6410 Cottonwood Drive and the Campbells at 6402 Cottonwood Drive. The latter is a family effort as Tracy Campbell is the Fulks’ daughter.

Those four houses were awarded grand prizes for 2006. You can see pictures of the grand prizewinners, plus other displays that caught our photographer’s eye, on our community website,

Cynthia Johnson-Cavey of Eastchester Circle once again captured the award for the best window and door display. One look at the picture of her creation will tell you why (see Page 4). And, the Szamborskis on Winston Place had Santa and all of his friends all puffed up with hot air for our viewing pleasure. Out-door trees at the Luginbills on Rose Hill Drive (photo on Page 9), the Dodsons on Wayside Place, and the Eppolitos on Driftwood Drive also were awesome. There were a number of manger scenes and we created a separate category for them because, after all, it is the Baby Jesus’ birthday. The best one was at the Downeys on Telegraph Road, but then we’ve come to expect that from our Hall of Fame award winner. And the Lewises on Willowood once again had an awesome front door. And the Nguyens on Rose Hill Drive said it all…‘Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.’

The full list of awards starts on Page 3. If we missed anyone because their displays weren’t lighted the night the judges made their rounds, we will be happy to give them credit in the February Rambler.

Safety First for Seniors

Given the two murders of elderly women in the Springfield last year and the stabbing of another on Christmas Eve, the police are reminding us about safety in our homes. In addition, another case was uncovered while police were canvassing the area looking for clues in the stabbing incident. A young woman who lives in the same general area reported that she returned home earlier on Christmas Eve and found a man in her house. He fled without incident.

On January 10, police arrested a 25-year-old Hispanic man who fit the descriptions provided by the victims of the incidents on Christmas Eve. He was identified by residents of the area as the result of a composite sketch. The suspect was found in the shopping center at Backlick Road and Commerce Street. After questioning by the police, the man was arrested and taken to the Adult Detention Center in Fairfax.

Although all of these incidents occurred several miles from Rose Hill, we need to be on guard so it doesn’t happen here. Seniors, and everyone for that matter, are reminded by police not to open their door unless they know the visitor or the person is from a legitimate organization and has made a prior appointment. Make sure all your windows and doors are locked when you are inside the house or leave for an errand. If you suspect anything to be wrong, call the police either at 911 or the non-emergency number, 703.691.2131, depending on the situation.

All of us should keep an eye out for strangers in the community and report their presence to the police. And, if you have an elderly neighbor who lives alone, keep an eye out for their safety. It would be a good idea for those seniors to arrange for a relative or neighbor to accompany them when they return to an empty house.

Traffic Calming Update

We received information from the County transportation staff concerning plans for a survey to determine the community’s interest in curbing cut through traffic on Rose Hill Drive and traffic calming on Cottonwood Drive west of Rose Hill Drive. At first, the County staff outlined an area as part of the petition drive as including the community of Sunnyridge and all of Rose Hill with the exception of those houses that front on Telegraph Road. The streets involved in Sunnyridge were Craft Road, Eaton Place, Lillian Drive, Squire Lane and part of Picot Road. RHCA protested the size of the area and the fact that those aforementioned streets were outside our community. The County subsequently agreed and we will move ahead with a petition drive that includes Rose Hill only. The study area within Rose Hill also has been reduced to something more manageable for citizen volunteers. The petition asks for support to investigate ways to curtail speeding by traffic that cuts through our community on Rose Hill Drive. If enough people agree, the County will propose several methods of slowing traffic on Rose Hill Drive. On Cottonwood Drive, the issue is the acceptance of speed tables or other devices to slow traffic trying to get to and from Telegraph Road by avoiding the light at Rose Hill Drive and Telegraph. The petitions are just another step in a long process necessary to stop speeders on Rose Hill Drive and Cottonwood Drive. And, if we are successful on Rose Hill Drive, outsiders may not be as likely to use Climbhill, Saddle Tree, Willowood, Apple Tree, and Bee as short cuts to Rose Hill Drive because they won’t gain any time once they get there. And, remember, we are awaiting the installation of four-way stop signs on Willowood at both Bee and Apple Tree. When a neighbor knocks on your door and identifies himself as being from RHCA, please take the time to sign the petition. We are in the process of providing identification for our citizen petitioners.

Membership Drive Continues

If you haven’t yet done so, renew your RHCA membership for 2007 by filling out the on-line form and mailing it to us at PO Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310. Dues are only $10, but we do ask for your additional contributions for the general fund and the plantings at the community entrance sign at Rose Hill Drive and Franconia Road. The $10 dues don’t cover the cost of printing The Rambler for the year, not to mention the post office box, Rose Hill Beauty signs, and contributions to area charities and worthwhile causes. That’s why we need your continued support. And, just as important, we need you as part of the choir as we serenade the County and others on issues that concern Rose Hill. There are a small group of dedicated individuals that make RHCA work. We could use your help, but if you can’t spare us some time, at least become a member! The roster of those who have signed up for 2007 as of January 10 is shown below

2007 Members as of January 10

Rick & Patti Ballard, 4519 Lark Lane

Chris & Meredith Hunter, 6410 Maryview Street

Margie Beach, 4429 Roundhill Road

Cynthia Johnson-Cavey, 5009 Eastchester Circle

Connie Beatty, 6428 Rose Hill Drive

Marvin & Frances Justice, 6402 Rose Hill Drive

Gary Bravy, 6214 Roundhill Road

Jim & Lynda Kandul, 6218 Blossom Lane

Bob Brown, 4526 Apple Tree Drive

Ana & Charles Kimberly, 6504 Cottonwood Drive

Pearl Butler, 6404 Cottonwood Drive

Ken & Mary Mann, 6107 Leewood Drive

Ron & Nancy Buzalsky, 4434 Roundhill Road

Randy & Eloise Lewis, 4501 Bee Street

Raul & Kelly Castillo, 6413 Willowood Lane

Well & Anna Machmer, 6200 Willowood Lane

Roger & Carol Christiansen, 6409 Maryview Street

Raymond & Evelyn Market, 4608 Mayor Place

Robeerty G. Ciccotelli, 6511 Haystack Road

Melvin Martin, 6211 Redwood Lane

Helen Cofer, 6218 Saddle Tree Drive

Mary Mayo & Sandra Johnson, 6122 Leewood Drive

Shirley Mae Collins, 6103 Leewood Drive

George & Susan McKittrick, 6113 Clovergrass Drive

Jane & Margo Cunniffe, 4609 Mayor Place

Marnie Messinger, 6603 Cottonwood Drive

Virginia Dahlgren, 6611 Cottonwood Drive

David & Linda Nichols, 6416 Rose Hill Drive

Wendy Darwell, 6403 Willowood Lane

Teal Norris & Fred Obermeyer, 6012 Leewood Drive

Brian & Mary Ellen Duy, 6309 Climbhill Road

Jeska & Charles Pfefferle, 6503 Haystack Road

Stien Van Egmond, 6508 Cottonwood Drive

But The Nguyen, 6512 Rose Hill Drive

Susan Feagley, 4705 Split Rock Road

Monica Reed, 6422 Rose Hill Drive

Joseph Finnegan, 6409 Hayfield Place

Adam & Rita Rice, 6431 Carriage Drive

Anna Fish, 6301 Cottonwood Drive

James & Marie Sherfey, 6415 Rose Hill Drive

Trigg Flanngan, 6514 Haystack Road

Marlene Hass Smith, 6304 Cottonwood Drive

Larry & Connie Fulk, 6410 Cottonwood Drive

Judy Taylor & Carlos Rolon, 6503 Rose Hill Drive

Kae Furneisen, 4912 Treetop Lane

Donald & Carolyn Szamborski, 4614 Winston Place

Edward & Shirley Gailliot, 4801 Apple Tree Drive

Joanne M. Thompson

John & Erica Good, 4604 Roundhill Road

Paul Turner, 4414 Roundhill Road

Chris & Susie Guinto, 6515 Haystack Road

Norma Youmans, 6303 Climbhill Road

Joe & Lorraine Hatcher, 6102 Leewood Drive

Linda Walton, 4900 Silo Road

Theresa A. Harper, 6506 Carriage Drive

Jeff Williams, 6121 Dewgrass Drive

Emilie Hood, 5012 Treetop Lane

Michael & Lisa Wolfe, 6411 Cottonwood Drive

F.E. & P.A. Jencks, 6416 Willowood Lane  

Area Police Activity

On Monday, January 1, 2007, at about 4:40pm, two men robbed a cashier at Advance Auto Parts on Franconia Road in the Rose Hill Shopping Center. The men entered the store; one of them picked up a soda and presented it to the cashier. The employee opened the cash register and the second man ran behind the counter. He displayed a handgun and took money from the drawer. The pair fled with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspects were described as black men in their 20s. The first was 5′10″ and approximately 145 pounds, wearing a gray sweatshirt. The second was between 5′8″ and 5′10″ and weighed about 260 pounds. He was wearing a gray and black hooded sweatshirt and a black baseball cap. Anyone with information should call Crime Solvers at 1.866.411.TIPS (8477) or the police non-emergency number at 703.691.2131. Remember, telephone tips led to the arrest of the person who exposed himself on Rose Hill and Drive and another who robbed the BB&T Bank last year.

Police have arrested a 44-year-old man from Southeast Washington in connection with a number of robberies and grand larcenies at numerous area 7-11s, including the one in Rose Hill Shopping Center. Early Sunday morning January 7, the man was in the process of robbing a 7-11 on Annandale Road. A citizen saw what was happening and flagged down a police cruiser that was nearby on Annandale Road. The officer entered the store and arrested the suspect. He was implicated in the other robberies including the one at Rose Hill where he was caught on the store’s surveillance camera. He took hundreds of packs of cigarettes and other items at more than a dozen 7-11 locations.

A 56-year-old woman was arrested for murder January 8 in the stabbing death of her 22-year-old niece in an apartment on Edsall Road. The incident occurred on December 11 and the suspect had been hospitalized with what police called self-inflicted wounds. She was arrested upon her release. The suspect was taken to the Adult Detention Center where she was found dead in her cell on Tuesday, January 9. An autopsy to deter-mine the cause of death and an investigation into the incident are underway. A man and two children who were in the apartment at the time of the murder were unharmed.

Three young men and a 14-year-old girl have been arrested for a robbery of a 17-year-old about 3:45pm, January 2, on the pedestrian overpass that traverses Loisdale Road and I-95. Officers quickly arrived and found one of the suspects in the garage at the nearby Franconia-Springfield Metro and another on a train. After all four were in custody, police learned that one man was from Springfield, another from Maryland, and the third from the District of Columbia. The 14-year-old girl is a runaway from Burke. All the stolen items were recovered and charges included robbery and possession of cocaine.

Police are looking for a 27-year-old Hispanic man who stabbed a roommate to death in Springfield on December 17. The suspect fled the scene in a Honda with Florida plates. The police have his name and the car’s license number. They also are on the lookout for two people who were involved in the stabbing of a 44-year-old man at Ace Temporaries on Vine Street (located just off Van Dorn Street at the Beltway) on December 15. Once again, police know the identities of the suspects. The victim was treated for non life-threatening wounds.

A 56-year-old Springfield area man was carjacked on the fourth level of a parking garage at the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station, located at 6775 Frontier Drive. On Wednesday, January 10, at approximately 6am, the victim parked his car in the garage and exited his red 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix. A white pickup truck drove up to the car and a passenger in the truck exited with a shotgun. The suspect pointed the shotgun at the victim and demanded personal property including keys. The victim relinquished the items; the suspect entered the victim’s vehicle and then fled in the stolen car. The second suspect, the driver of the white truck, followed the stolen car out of the garage. The suspects were described as black men in their 20s. The first suspect was described as 6′2″ tall, with a thin build and wearing a white T-shirt with black pants and a white hard hat. The second suspect was described as 6′ tall, with a heavy build and wearing a white T-shirt with a white hard hat. The stolen car has Virginia license plates YKM-7638.

A Springfield area woman was getting into a friend’s car in the 6700 block of Frontier Drive in Springfield when a man grabbed her purse and ran. This occurred on Friday, January 5, around 10pm. The victim, 18, received minor injuries caused by the purse being yanked off her arm, but did not require any medical treatment. The suspect was described as a black male in his 20s, about 5’8”. He wore a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, black cap, and dark jeans.

Property Upkeep Reminders

Rose Hill residents are reminded that wrecked, inoperable, or unlicensed cars or those without valid inspection stickers cannot be parked on either public streets or private property. They are subject to ticketing and towing. Residents who pay little attention to upkeep of their property, houses being used as more than a single family residence, failure to keep the grass cut, trash or debris on the property, and multiple cars on the front lawn are subject to citations, fines, and even jail terms under the zoning ordinance. And, remember, commercial activities except home offices are not lawful in a residential community. RHCA is determined to keep our community looking good, thus protecting the property values of all. We will report violations. And, yes, the mess at 4612 Roundhill Road has our continued vigilance. We hope changes in the law as of January 1, 2007, will make it easier for the County to clean up the property that has been a blight on our community for more than five years. If you see a problem in your neighborhood, report it to RHCA. We first send a letter to the property owner suggesting the problem be solved. If it is not, we contact the proper authorities. Your help will keep Rose Hill as a pleasant, safe, and convenient place to live.

Streetlight Update

The new streetlights have been installed on Split Rock Road. Thanks to those residents who signed the petition to make it happen. Hopefully, the new light and brighter fixtures will add to safety. We currently are circulating a petition to upgrade the streetlights on Cottonwood Drive east of Rose Hill Drive. The County agrees that area needs more light. Again, safety is the main concern. If you think your street could use upgraded lights, please contact RHCA. The process includes a review by the County staff and Dominion Virginia Power. Upgraded streetlights are part of RHCA’s program to make us safer in our homes and on our streets.

—Carl Sell


4511 Apple Tree Drive, Alexandria

Well-kept single family home in Rose Hill Farm. Two-levels with bright, walkout basement to fully fenced large paved patio and deck—great for entertaining. Driveway parking can take up to 5 cars.

Four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, spacious den, living, dining, storage, utility rooms, and kitchen. Wraparound covered front porch and plenty of light and windows throughout.

$1850/month with one month’s security deposit. For details call Clayton and Susan Palmer at 703.884.0435 (after 6pm) or 703.499.6635.

— In My Opinion —

Around The Hill—Rose Hill That Is

Hi! My name is Elmer H. Haupt. My wife, Alice, and I currently reside at 6208 Thornwood Drive. We have lived in the Rose Hill area since 1969. Aside from reading The Rambler lo these many years, this is my first submission for publication, and who knows, maybe my last! My Rose Hill comments are found in the following paragraphs.

My original reason for writing occurred after July 4th, Flag Day, and the numerous national holidays in the year 2006 which customarily result in the display of the United States flag. Our street consists of twenty or so houses, however, just six homes displayed the flag! It is not expensive to purchase a flag and the attachments to it, nor is it difficult to install one on your home. Have we become a nation too busy, lazy, or disinterested to honor our country by flying the flag? It is not an insult to be called patriotic and fly our flag. Many are currently serving under this same flag and many others have forfeited their lives fighting for this same banner. We in our area should pay homage to our flag and fly it when appropriate. As Rose Hill residents, we can express our rightful pride in being an American. This truly is a Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. Please honor our flag and display it when appropriate. The national holidays are marked on most calendars.

Now that I have said my piece on the flag, some other items of concern in Rose Hill seem worth mentioning:

I had occasion to report an automobile parked on Roundhill Road with two flat tires. The vehicle had been there for some time and was an eyesore. Upon receiving the report, our Rose Hill Civic Association (RHCA) president, Carl Sell, wrote a letter to the car owner which resulted in repair of the flats and movement of the vehicle.

Another automobile issue is the habit of some in Rose Hill to park their vehicles on their front lawns. Some of these homes resemble a used car junk yard. This simply cheapens the area and results in a negative reflection on both the individual and the nearby area. Please park the car or truck either in the driveway or on the street.

A final vehicle comment, when one notices a number of vehicles parked in front of a single family dwelling, the question of how many families live in the home arises. Fairfax County law limits the numbers of families in a single family home, yet some Rose Hill homes park numerous modes of transportation in front of their abode. Again, call Carl Sell for detail on this issue.

During September’s leaf raking activity, I was surprised to see a neighbor dumping leaves into the storm drain opening next to the street! Such action on Thornwood Drive can simply worsen an already inadequate storm water discharge system, which was designed in the 60s. This inadequate system caused 10 homes on the south side of Thornwood Drive to be flooded this past June! Because the poor system often results in flooding, it is important to do our part and not dump leaves, road litter, oil or chemicals, etc., into the storm drains. Not only does this help prevent local buildup in the drains and increase its flow capacity, but will also reduce the flow of pollutants into the Potomac River.

On a more positive note, congratulations to whoever reported the expanding pot hole at the corner of Roundhill Road and Saddletree Road. Also, hooray for rapid fixing of the same pothole—I believe it was VDOT. A great big thanks!

See you around “The Hill” and at the RHCA meeting on January 23 at 7pm in the John Marshall Library meeting room.

—Elmer H. “Moe” Haupt

Editors Note: Flags are available in local stores such as Wal-Mart and Fisher’s Hardware. We’ll provide further information as to where you can purchase flags in our February issue. Lets try to make Rose Hill the flag capital of the United States!

While Everyone Talks About Traffic, Another Issue Comes to the Surface

As the County and State allow more and more development and more and more cars on our crowded roads, another situation has been building quietly beneath our feet. And, like traffic, the increased development overwhelms us.

I’m talking about storm water management! The system that serves Rose Hill was installed when the various sections of the community were developed. Parts of the system are now more than 50 years old. Imagine what it would be like if our roads had never been improved at all.

Recently, a number of homes on Thornwood Drive and at least one on Leewood Drive were flooded because of a backup of the storm sewer system during heavy rain. On Thornwood Drive, a storm water inlet spouted a geyser six feet or more in the air, onto neigh-boring properties and into basements because the system couldn’t handle the volume.

Now, more development is proposed contiguous to the flooded homes on Thornwood Drive. RHCA is demanding that the County solve the current problem before new rooftops, driveways, and streets are allowed to add to the volume. And, in at least one instance, the system on Leewood Drive is inadequate to handle current volume.

At least the runoff from Rose Hill Reserve will be channeled outside Rose Hill. But that doesn’t diminish the problems from those downstream, including Greendale Golf Course. The Corps of Engineers recently blamed an accumulation of sediment from development upstream as the cause of the flooding in the portion of Huntington adjacent to Cameron Run. Yet developers and some members of the Board of Supervisors are promoting additional development at Tyson’s Corner, which drains into Cameron Run. The lessons learned in older communities should make us wary of additional storm water runoff from new development.

The County requires new development to install what is called an adequate outfall and contain storm water onsite during a 10-year storm and then drain it off later. That’s why you see ponds, either dry or wet, as part of new development. The problem is that storms in excess of the County standard, and we have many, overwhelm the current system.

As existing homes in Rose Hill grow due to tear downs and additions and driveways widen to handle more cars, the new surfaces pour more water into the system. When I was younger, they called that a blivet. You know, 10 pounds in a five-pound bag!

The County and State need to revise building codes and public facilities ordinances in order to recognize that current systems are being overwhelmed. In addition, a program should be implemented to begin to systematically upgrade inadequate facilities. In the meantime, they need to be very selective in allowing new development.

—Carl Sell

Please Help!

RHCA could use your help in a variety of capacities: Neighborhood Watch, The Rambler distribution, and advertising sales. Please contact Marty Williams at 703.924.7192 or Carl Sell at 703.971.4716 if you care to volunteer for one of these roles. RHCA would really appreciate it!


“Riding The Wave 2: Tools for Parents and Youth to Safely Surf The Elementary through High School Years!”

Saturday, March 3, 8:30am - 12:30pm
South County Secondary School
8501 Silverbrook Rd., Lorton, VA 22079

Check-in at 8am.
Continental Breakfast
Door Prizes for Youth
Great Workshops!


The Safe Youth Coalition, Inc., a substance use and violence prevention coalition under the umbrella of the Fairfax County Public Schools Safe and Drug Free Youth Office, will be hosting a FREE Prevention Conference for the community residing within the Cluster 5 school boundaries (Lee, Edison, Hayfield and South County High Schools) and welcoming the West Springfield and Robinson Community Coalitions.

The half-day conference, expected to serve 300-400 youth and adults, will feature local experts addressing  hot prevention topics for youth (12-18) such as: Preventing and Understanding Eating Disorders; Gang Prevention; A Live Game of Life; Boyfriend and Girlfriend Relationships; Suicide and Depression; Self Defense for Girls; Empowering Kids; Hemlock Overlook Indoors; Race Relations and Stereotyping, and more!

Hot topics for adults will cover: Internet Safety; Suicide and Depression; Single Parenting; How to Talk to Your Child About Sex, Death & Divorce; Effective Communication Techniques; Gang Prevention; Raising Responsible Children; Underage Drinking/Driving/Safety; Self Defense for Females; Anger Management; Understanding and Preventing Eating Disorders, and more! Translated sessions for speakers of other languages will be provided upon request.

This conference is FREE to residents and the general community within the boundaries of Lee, Edison, Hayfield, West Springfield, Robinson and South County Secondary Schools. Donations, however, are strongly encouraged to help offset conference costs. A continental breakfast comes with your registration and midday snacks will be available at our concession stand.

Visit our website at and print off a registration form. Email the information asked for on the registration form to or fax the form to 703.690.6808. Phone 703.690.6808 if we need to mail you a registration form.

Share this information with your community and especially encourage elementary school parents to attend. It’s never too early to prepare for the teen years!


The College Planning Process For Students Who Receive Special Education Services or Have 504 Plans

The Parent Resource Center of Fairfax County Public Schools Presents Vickie Barr of People-First Educational Services

Opportunities for students have expanded tremendously in the past few years and Ms. Barr brings practical planning tips to parents and college-bound students with special education needs. Parents will take away from this workshop a list of resources and a list of websites, plus Ms. Barr will be available for parent questions after the workshop.

Ms. Barr is affiliated with the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD), Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), and the Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC).

Sessions are February 15, 9:30 – 11:45am, or February 28, 7:30 – 9:15pm at Dunn Loring Center, 2334 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA 22027

Please email or call Jane Thatcher at The Parent Resource Center to reserve your space 703.204.3941.


Quote of the Month:

“With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”

–Jay Leno

New Year’s Resolution Phone Message:

“I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call. I am making some changes in my life. Please leave a message after the beep. If I do not return your call, you are one of the changes.”

New Phone number:


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 703.971.8064 or email


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. 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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