Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
January 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

President’s Message

Presentation of Painting to Library and Rose Hill Reserve Update at January Meeting

It’s hard to believe that it has been 3 years since the Board of Supervisors approved the Special Exception that created Rose Hill Reserve. Despite the fact that development hasn’t yet started on the project, we continue to have issues. The latest was a letter sent to all contiguous property owners that indicated there would be blasting on the site and development was imminent. Both statements were WRONG. There will be NO blasting on the site and the start of development is at least a year away, according to the engineer for the project. A second letter corrected the earlier mistake. Nonetheless, there has been activity on the site that has neighbors wondering what’s going on.

So, we have invited Emad Saddeh, the engineer hired by the owners to coordinate the project, to our meeting on Tuesday, January 22, at the John Marshall Library to update us on the activity and answer questions. Emad will begin his presentation at 7:30pm. The meeting will commence at 7pm with a presentation of the Rose Hill Raid painting to the Library. Details are below.

Vibra-Tech, the company that sent the letters, has been hired to inspect pre-development conditions at surrounding properties as per one of the major conditions of the Special Exception approval as negotiated by RHCA. The conditions include a revolving $2 million insurance fund in case there is damage to neighbors during the earth-disturbing and construction periods. Unfortunately, the company, which specializes in the monitoring of blasting, used a form letter that had no relevance to the Rose Hill Reserve project.

The County has already granted one extension of the original Special Exception, which was to have expired after 30 months. That extension will expire this year and the owner has indicated another will be requested. The Special Exception allows development of 45 lots with a buffer and numerous conditions instead of the by-right 59 houses previously approved.

If you have questions about activity on the site or would like to refresh your memory about the project, please make plans to attend the meeting. Thanks to Helen Flahive of Cottonwood Drive, who alerted RHCA as soon as she received the letter that mentioned the blasting and imminent development plans. As a result, RHCA was able to get the letter corrected within a week.

Rose Hill Raid Presentation

The Rose Hill Civic Association will present a reproduction on canvas of the painting depicting the Rose Hill Raid by famed artist John Paul Swain to the John Marshall Library at the Association’s January 22 meeting. The presentation will lead off the agenda at 7pm. The painting then will be on permanent display at the library. The canvas is framed and preserved under glass. It depicts the artist’s impression of the September 28, 1863, raid on the original Rose Hill house that stood at the end of May Boulevard. The raid was conducted by Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby and his Rangers. The owner of the house, Col. Daniel Dulany, who was an aide to the governor of Virginia as appointed by President Lincoln, was captured. Among Mosby’s party of raiders was Dulany’s son, French. Ironically, the father survived captivity while the son was later killed in action. The presentation of the display is made possible by contributions by RHCA and a number of its individual members. Those members are listed on Page 8. They are invited to attend and participate in the presentation which will take place promptly at 7pm. Accepting on behalf of the John Marshall Library will be Kathryn Alleman, the branch manager and friend of RHCA.

Holiday Lights

Every year, Don and Carolyn Szamborski at 4615 Winston Place add at least one animated display in their front and yard. They have plenty of room as the front faces Winston Place and the side Cottonwood Drive. This year, they came up with a four-piece band with each instrument lighting up as the music focuses on it. There were plenty of Christmas carols and plenty of lights. Santa was also there in a plane with a revolving propeller and Disney characters were everywhere. Don says his wife buys them and he just puts them up. Just making his way through all the electric cords and wires takes a special skill.

The Szamborskis joined several other properties that caught the eye of the judges and earned recognition as Grand Prize Winners in the Rose Hill Civic Association Annual Holiday Lighting Contest. Others were the Alstons at 6118 Leewood Drive, the Williams at 6121 Dew Grass Court, the Fulks at 6410 Cottonwood Drive, and the Campbell household at 6402 Cottonwood Drive. Like the Szamborskis, the Alstons covered a large corner lot with numerous displays to earn recognition for the third straight year. The Williams display of ‘icicle’ lights was particularly tastefully done. The Fulk and Campbell yards and houses were well-lighted. No doubt the Fulks at 6410 had a hand in the display at their daughter’s house at 6402. Each could stand out front and admire the other!

Myrna Downey at 6516 Telegraph Road captured the true meaning of Christmas with her large manger display. The Downey house has been a winner for as long as RHCA has been making awards. Another reminder of Christmas was the large cross tucked away in the Phillips’ yard at 6408 Maryview Street. Cynthia Johnson-Daily at 5009 Eastchester Circle once again had a wonderful display that covered her front door and window areas. Mary Mayo at 6122 Leewood Drive, another long-time winner, had a beautiful large wreath among other decorations. The Nguyens at 6512 Rose Hill Drive wished everyone a ‘Merry Christmas’ and then a ‘Happy New Year’ in lights.

You can view a selection of the top winners by calling up MyRoseHill.com on the Internet and clicking on 2007 Holiday Decorations. If it is your first visit to our website, check out all the features and information it provides. Click on MyRoseHill.com often for community updates.

All of the winners are listed on Page 5 of this issue of The Rambler. Thanks to everyone who took the time to decorate their house in the spirit of the holidays. If you think the judges missed your display or that of one of your neighbors, please let us know. Unfortunately, some of the lights are off when the judges make their rounds.


Live Christmas band music at the Szamborskis


The Williams at 6121 Dew Grass Drive

‘Nostalgia Night’ At Rose Hill Elementary

RHCA is planning a ‘Nostalgia Night’ at Rose Hill Elementary on Wednesday, March 5, to mark the school’s 50th anniversary. The program will begin at 7pm in the school cafeteria and will include refreshments and entertainment by current Rose Hill Elementary students. All former students, teachers, PTA members, and parents are invited to come and share their experiences at our community school. Please help us make this event a success by helping to spread the word to Rose Hill Elementary alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends. We are particularly looking for those who will be willing to share their memories with others in attendance. If you would like to help plan this event, please call either Linda Nichols at 703.971.0755, or Carl Sell at 703.971.4716. E-mail Linda at dovefellow@aol.com or Carl at sellcarl@aol.com. We also are looking for donations of cookies and/or other baked goods as part of the refreshments. Punch and a 50th anniversary cake will be served as well. Please plan to attend.

4612 Roundhill Road Update

The County either has or shortly will ask the Circuit Court to order the owner of 4612 Roundhill Road to either make necessary repairs or demolish the building. Should the owner not comply, the County is also asking the court for permission to demolish the property and place a lien against the property in the amount of the cost involved. This action comes as the result of the owner failing to respond to a citation served late last year asking for repairs or demolition. RHCA and the neighbors have been pressing for action at this location for six years. It appears we are finally about to reach a resolution and removal of this eyesore from our community. The County removed the high grass and weeds last fall. When the property is either repaired or demolished, RHCA will demand that the site be seeded and maintained. Once a court date is set, RHCA will offer to testify as to the owner’s refusal to maintain the property to even minimum community standards. We’ll keep you informed.

Other Zoning News

At his first meeting as Lee District Supervisor, Jeff McKay asked and received Board of Supervisors’ approval for a response from the County staff concerning the use of State laws to help control blight and overcrowding in our communities. Supervisor McKay said the County is not taking advantage of State laws that allow local officials to prosecute owners of blighted properties and owners and operators of illegal boarding houses in residential communities. Specifically, he cited laws that allow local government to require property owners to fix buildings that endanger public health or safety, to abate ‘drug blight,’ and remove graffiti from private property. The laws allow the County to make the fixes if the property owner does not and permits the recovery of the costs involved. McKay also suggested that the Blight Abatement be severed from the Department of Housing and Community Development and managed by the Strike Team set up by the Board of Supervisors to enforce zoning violations. The strike team currently includes the Department of Planning and Zoning, the Fire Marshall, and the Police Department. All of these issues are the result of hundreds of complaints by individuals and community organizations such as RHCA over the last several years. On behalf of RHCA, I thank Supervisor McKay for his efforts to improve the enforcement of zoning violations and blight. Here in Rose Hill, we actively report violations that include overcrowding of both people and vehicles, trash, inoperable vehicles, and commercial vehicles parked on private property and our narrow streets. Business owners are reminded that only one commercial vehicle is allowed per property and that does NOT include large vehicles such as dump trucks, construction equipment, and other vehicles over a certain weight. We WILL report violations. And, it appears the County, at Supervisor McKay’s request, will be moving toward more effective enforcement. I continue to support a system that assesses fines for violations after a reasonable period during which the property owner can make corrections and avoid a fine. That’s the only sure-fire way to discourage violations. And, the revenue could be used to hire more inspectors.

A Really Good Safety Tip

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break in your house, odds are the burglar or rapist won’t stick around...after a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and, sure enough, the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there...This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime or summon help in a medical emergency.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone
trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off,
and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

—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!

 

2008 Membership Drive Now Underway

Support your Civic Association by becoming a member for 2008. A membership form is on the previous page. Join your friends and neighbors listed below as members. Your dues and contributions pay the cost of printing The Rambler, support the Rose Hill Beauty and Holiday Lighting awards, and contribute to several local charities. Thanks to our dedicated members, The Rambler is delivered to your door nine times a year at no cost to the Association.  Contributions 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 on community issues. We will NEVER give your e-mail address to a third party!   

2008 Members as of January 9, 2008

Nouri & Suham Abbou

 6115 Rose Hill Drive

J.K. Letsche

 6502 Cottonwood Drive

Norma & Augusto V. Alvarez, Sr.

 6507 Carriage Drive

Jacqueline Lewis

 6206 Thornwood Drive

Frank & Rayma Bale

 6315 Willowood Lane

Edward & Anna Lewis

 6117 Leewood Drive

JoAnn Barney

 5000 Treetop Lane

O. Randolph Lewis

 4501 Bee Street

P.G. Bauserman

 4531 Roundhill Road

James R. Lockwood

 6114 Clovergrass Drive

Vicki S. Beaty

 4415 Roundhill Road

Charles Long

 4602 Apple Tree Drive

ChrisAnn & Trent Borchevsky

 4511 Bee Street

Wellington & Anna Machmer

 6200 Willowood Lane

Gary Bravy  6214 Climbhill Road

Raymond & Evelyn Market

 4608 Mayor Place

Bill Braswell

 6307 Climbhill Road

Melvin Martin

 6311 Redwood Lane

Mark & Loraine Broxterman

 6424 Haystack Road

Mary Mayo

 6122 Leewood Drive

Margie Beach

 4429 Roundhill Road

George & Susan McKittrick

 6113 Clovergrass Drive

Jeannette Bottomley

 5003 Eastchester Circle

Donald & Nancy McMinn

 4804 Apple Tree Drive

Ruth Connie Beatty

 6428 Rose Hill Drive

Marlene Minarik

 6518 Telegraph Road

Bob Brown

 4526 Apple Tree Drive

Edna G. Mitchell

 6305 May Boulevard

Pearl E. Butler

 6401 Cottonwood Drive

Hal & LaVera Murray

 5003 Treetop Lane

Ralph & Pauline Carico

 6112 Leewood Drive

J. Neidermeyer

 6500 Haystack Road

Roger & Carol Christiansen

 6409 Maryview Street

Herbert & Grace Newman

 4910 Silo Road

Raul & Kelly Castillo

 6413 Willowood Lane

David & Linda Nichols

 6416 Rose Hill Drive

Helen Cofer

 6218 Saddle Tree Drive

Teal Norris & Fred Obermeyer

 6012 Leewood Drive

Shirley Mae Collins

 6103 Leewood Drive

Conrad & Haydee Oroc

 4703 Split Rock Road

Sam Covington

 6302 Saddle Tree Drive

Lucy & Larry Pettit

 6501 Carriage Drive

Cynthia Johnson-Dailey

 5009 Eastchester Circle

Robert C. Pinkham

 6514 Carriage Drive

E&K Davidson

 460-8 Roundhill Road

Jo Ann Ponce

 6203 Willowood Lane

Barbara Digman

 6217 Blosson Lane

Gopal & Krishna Ray

 6412 Willowood lane

Harry L. Dodson

 6319 May Boulevard

Monica Reed

 6422 Rose Hill Drive

Steve & Holly Dougherty

 4522 Roundhill Road

Adam & Rita Rice

 6431 Carriage Drive

Myrna Downey

 6516 Telegraph Road

Daavid & Nancy Ridgway

 4609 Cottonwood Place

Ron & Donna Dillon

 4618 Winston Place

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

Diane & Marty Shupak

 6419 Haystasck Road

Susan Feagley

 4705 Split Rock Road

Marlene Hass Smith

 6304 Cottonwod Drive

Joseph Finnegan

 6409 Hayfield Place

Michael Smith/Ratri Friend

 6111 Leewood Drive

Anna Fish

 6301 Cottonwood Drive

Donald & Juanita Stallings

 6407 Willowood Lane

Helen Flahive

 6416 Cottonwood Drive

Jean & William Stemple

 6306 Cottonwood Drive

Trigg & Beverly Flannagan

 6514 Haystack Road

M. C. Stinnette

 4520 Apple Tree Drive

Larry & Connie Fulk

 6410 Cottonwood Drive

Ray Stone

 4528 Roundhill Road

Kae Furneisen

 4912 Treetop Lane

Terry Stone

 4522 Apple Tree Drive

Elias & Karent Gates

 6508 Carriage Drive

Tinker & Don Szamborski

 4615 Winston Place

Dan & Doris Gearing

 4827 Tabard Place

Alberta J. Taylor

 6308 Cottonwood Drive

Erika & John Good

 4604 Roundhill Road

Rex & Linda Taylor

 6505 Haystack Road

Mike & Bonnie Greek

 6330 Willowood Drive

Grace Jean H. Thomson

 6302 Cottonwood Drive

Kathy Gregson

 6411 Rose Hill Drive

Joanne Thompson

 6323 Cottonwood Drive

Johanna  Guccione

 6013 Leewood Drive

Nina Tisara

 6408 Hayfield Place

Jesua Moreno & Crisencio Guinto

 6515 Haystack Road

James W. Troy

 5004 Eastchester Circle

Elmer & Alice Haupt

 6208 Thornwood Drive

Paul Turner

 4414 Roundhill Road

Ed & Juanita Holloman

 4518 Sturbridge Place

E.A. Lynch-Upchurch

 4701 Flower Lane

Emilie Hood

 5012 Treetop Lane

Connie Vincenzes

 6610 Cottonwood Drive

Donald Hoffman

 5002 Treetop Lane

Wanda Violette

 6408 May Boulevard

F.E. Jencks

 6416 Willowood Lane

Macy Watts

 6008 Leewood Drive

Marvin & Frances Justice

 6402 Rose Hill Drive

Don & Nina Weber

 6120 Dew Grass Drive

Edwin & Lilian Kesler

 4405 Roundhill Road

Louise Westgate

 6708 Greendale Road

Audrey Kick

 4517 Sturbridge Place

Karen Wheeless

 6709 Greendale Road

D. Kraus

 6300 Rose Hill Drive

Jeffrey Williams

 6121 Dew Grass Drive

Robert & Elizabeth Kohm

 6429 Carriage Drive

Norma Youmans

 6303 Climbhill Road

John & Patricia Lawrence

 6330 Maryview Street

   

Incident Report from FCPD

During the week of December 27, 2007-January 2, 2008, a BB gun, knife, money, and air-soft pistol were stolen from a residence in the 6500 block of Haystack Road.

MPO Jim Nida, Crime Prevention Office, Franconia District Station, FCPD, reports that at approximately 5:30pm, Friday, January 11, officers located a male subject in the alley to the rear of Rose Hill Shopping Center. The encounter led to a police related shooting of the subject. The subject was transported by ambulance to Springfield Healthplex.

Since last August, there have been seven sexual assaults on women walking alone in either the early morning or after dark in the evening. Although none have happened in Rose Hill, the police and RHCA remind everyone NOT to walk alone when it is dark or in isolated areas. All of the incidents have occurred in Springfield and the Route 236 corridor between Alexandria and Annandale. The descriptions of the attacker are similar. Please walk in pairs, carry a cell phone, and avoid isolated areas. Report suspicious activity to the non-emergency number of Fairfax County Police at 703.691.2131 (program it into your cell phone) or call 911 if you feel threatened. For the latest on the shooting at the shopping center, go to myRoseHill.com. If you aren’t online, give me a call.

—Carl Sell

Rose Hill Raid Contributors

The following residents have contributed $25 or more to help defray the cost of the ‘Rose Hill Raid’ painting that will be framed and permanently displayed at the John Marshall Library. It will be presented to Kathryn Alleman, manager of the John Marshall Library, at RHCA’s January 22 meeting. All the contributors are invited to attend and join the presentation. The painting by famed Civil War artist John Paul Swain 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, Alexandria, VA 22310. Or, bring your check to the January 22 meeting and join with your neighbors in the presentation of the painting. The list will remain open until the March meeting. If you want to be involved, now is the time! As you can see, the list has grown quite a bit since November.

 

In Memory of Donna Joy and Joseph Myron Beaty

Kae Furneisen

In Memory of Twila and Essie Noble

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

Jim & Pat Sapp

Sam Covington

Carl & Marti Sell

Steve & Holly Dougherty

Carolyn Slenska

Myrna Downey

Jeffrey F. Williams

Helen Flahive

Marty Williams

The following residents have contributed $25 or more to help defray the cost of the ‘Rose Hill Raid’ painting that will be framed and permanently displayed at the John Marshall Library. The painting by famed Civil War artist John Paul Swain 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, Alexandria, VA 22310.

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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