Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
June 2003

President's Message

Community Volunteers to be Honored at Tuesday, June 24 RHCA Meeting

They deliver the Rambler. They protect the community as members of Neighborhood Watch. They represent the community on local, county, and state issues. They are the volunteers that make our community a great place in which to live.

The Rose Hill Civic Association will honor all our local heroes at a special Recognition Reception starting at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 24, in the community room of the John Marshall Library. Please plan to be on hand for this special program and let our volunteers know that you personally appreciate their efforts on behalf of the community.

The complete list of volunteers is included below. If you think we missed anyone, please let us know. All volunteers are urged to attend the reception.

Each volunteer will receive a certificate of appreciation from RHCA. Other RHCA business will be suspended for this special recognition program. Refreshments will be served, including coffee and soft drinks, fruit, cheese and crackers, a large cake, and baked goods. You can help by bringing some cookies, brownies, etc. to the meeting.

This is the last meeting of RHCA until September 23. Although the Rambler distributors will get some time off, the Neighborhood Watch volunteers will be on guard over the next several months. If you would like to help either group, we have one vacancy to deliver The Rambler (on Maryview Street) and Neighborhood Watch can always use help. The more eyes we have watching, the less likely any crime or vandalism will happen in our community.

Keep up with RHCA news over the summer by checking myrosehill.com.

Development Update

RHCA has been contacted by Ken Thompson Associates and Diane Cox Basheer Communities, partners in the latest effort to develop what we know and love as Rose Hill Park Section III. The partners have asked RHCA to facilitate a series of meetings at which they will discuss potential development plans. Those meetings have begun and will continue over the summer. Each get together involves six to eight people. I first have involved those who have a history of interest in the property. In order to make sure no one is left out, I urge you to contact me if your would like to spend a few hours hearing about the proposal. These meetings are preliminary to any presentation before RHCA and are designed to allow people to hear the proposal and ask questions. We will have as many meetings as necessary!

It will interest you to know that Thompson and Basheer Cox partnered to develop the Governor's Hill project on Franconia Road near its Intersection with Telegraph Road. They have been made aware of our concerns about Rose Hill Park Section III and the fact that numerous previous efforts to develop the property have failed because of the steep slopes and marine clay soil conditions.


Rose Hill Park Section III

As you know, the property is zoned R-3, the same as all of Rose Hill, and is platted for 63 lots. If a potential developer can meet the county's technical requirements, approval to build would be automatic. Again, so far no one has been able to gain county approval for development of this site.

Thompson Associates and Basheer Cox are proposing a development program that would require a rezoning action by the county with public hearings before the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Under such a scenario, RHCA would have much more opportunity to provide input into the process and ultimately recommend either approval or rejection.

No plan has been filed with the County. Thompson Associates and Basheer Cox are seeking input from the community before proceeding with any proposed development plan or rezoning. I have promised them plenty of input! A map of the property is located below.

On another front, RHCA has learned of the potential for development of property located between Driftwood Drive and Telegraph Road and behind the houses on the north side of Climbhill Road. We have corresponded with Supervisor Kauffman and the Department of Public Works and Environmental Management asking that any plans that are submitted be shared with RHCA. A copy of the letter is available as part of the correspondence section of our website, myrosehill.com. Your Association was notified by diligent members who live on Driftwood and Climbhill. They noticed surveyors on the property, asked what was going on, and notified RHCA. Like Rose Hill Park Section III, this property also is chock full of marine clay. A map of the property is shown below.


Driftwood Drive Proposed Development Area

Last year, the county staff recommended a change to the comprehensive plan that would have allowed Driftwood Drive to be connected with Telegraph Road. RHCA was able to defeat that plan. All we need is another street connected for cut-through traffic!

We will continue to monitor the situation and call a meeting of nearby residents just as soon as we receive any plans.

More RHCA Members

First, apologies to Elizabeth Lynch-Upchurch of 4701 Flower Lane, who joined RHCA months ago and we failed to include her name in previous listings. After the deadline for the May Rambler, we received memberships for the following residents:

  • Michael & Karen Cleary, 4905 Silo Road
  • Jack & Terry Kannofsky, 6512 Carriage Drive
  • Mark & Dottie Snyder, 6322 Maryview Street
  • Ruth Ann and Jack Verell, 6315 Thornwood Drive.

That brings RHCA membership to 175 for 2003. The Association represents all of Rose Hill, but the members pay the freight. The 2003 directory is online at myrosehill.com. For those of you do not have access to the Internet, a limited number of copies will be available at the June meeting. Copies are distributed to members only

Blight Abatement Program

For months, RHCA has been working with County agencies in an effort to improve the property located at the comer of Willowood Lane and Roundhill Road. The property has continued to deteriorate despite everyone's efforts to get the owner to make necessary repairs. As a result, the County has begun a process that could result in the property being declared a nuisance, acquired, repaired and then sold to recover the costs involved in the repairs. The Blight Abatement program was created in 1996 and is designed to respond to citizen complaints of properties that are vacant, abandoned, and dilapidated. If the property meets certain criteria, the County can do any of the following things: demolish the structure and charge the owner for the cost, make repairs and charge the owners for the repairs, acquire the property by eminent domain and then repairing, cleaning or selling the property with the requirement that the new owner eliminate the blight. There are several properties in Rose Hill that either meet or are on the verge of meeting the Blight Abatement program's criteria. RHCA encourages homeowners to correct problems so the County does not have to get involved. Assistance such as home improvement loans and other mechanisms are available through the Department of Housing and Community Development. However, RHCA will continue to press the County to correct blighted properties if the owner(s) refuse to cooperate. In the case of the property in question, the nearby homes are extremely well maintained and do not deserve an eyesore as a neighbor!

How to Make a Difference

If you do not think you can make a difference by speaking up when you see something you think detracts from our community; here is a little story that may change your mind. A house in Rose Hill recently was undergoing renovation and those in charge of the project decided to paint the brickwork BLUE. Several of the neighbors saw what had happened and immediately complained about the color. The owner had second thoughts and repainted the bricks white. This all happened within a span of a couple of days. Shows what citizens who are concerned about their neighborhood can accomplish when aroused!

Transportation Meeting

Supervisors Dana Kauffman and Gerry Hyland and Congressmen Jim Moran and Tom Davis have scheduled a town meeting on Monday, June 23, in the cafeteria at Hayfield High School, 7630 Telegraph Road, starting at 7 pm. The advertised topic is a discussion of transportation issues relating to Fort Belvoir, including the closure of Woodlawn Road. Before it was closed, Woodlawn Road, which goes through Belvoir, was the only east-west link between Telegraph Road and Route #1 between Groveton and Accotink. Recently, Inova Health Systems admitted that it was thinking of discontinuing Mount Vernon Hospital as a full-service facility and gave the closure of Woodlawn Road as one of the reasons. Of course, the Mount Vernon and Lee District residents affected are up in arms about that. Long-time Rose Hill residents will recall the proposal to extend Van Dorn street through Huntley Meadows Park to Lockheed Boulevard as an east-west link to the Hybla Valley area of Route #1. That proposal was killed by the Federal Government, which originally gave the land to Fairfax County and stipulated that it could only be used as parkland. It will be interesting to see if the proposal is brought up again in light of Fort Belvoir's closing of Woodlawn Road for security reasons after 9-11-01.

Carl Sell

Rose Hill Civic Association Volunteers

Tom Violette Lee District Representative Mary Ramsey Neighborhood Watch
Carl Sell RHCA President, Neighborhood Watch & Rambler Distributor Jim Richey Neighborhood Watch
Patsy Sapp Neighborhood Watch
Terry Dacales RHCA Vice President Harrison Shupe Neighborhood Watch
Chrissy Blackwell R-HCA Secretary GriffSlater Neighborhood Watch
Carolyn Slenska RHCA Treasurer, Neighborhood Watch, Neighborhood Watch Equipment Coordinator & Rambler Distributor Leah Voorhess Neighborhood Watch
Phil Voorhess Neighborhood Watch
Charles Wortey Neighborhood Watch
Mary Rose Wortey Neighborhood Watch
Jim Sapp RHCA Webmaster, Neighborhood Watch & Rambler Distributor JeffYule Neighborhood Watch
Maria Yule Neighborhood Watch
Beverly Cherkis Neighborhood Watch & CAC Representative
Miriam Hart Long-Time RHCA Supporter
Steve Hart Long-Time RHCA Supporter Penny Mulner Neighborhood Watch & RHCA Hospitality
Charles Beach Neighborhood Watch
Don Bise Neighborhood Watch Woody Betts Neighborhood Watch & Neighborhood Watch Coordinator
John Block Neighborhood Watch
Karen Boutilier Neighborhood Watch
Kent Boutilier Neighborhood Watch Adam Mikilia Neighborhood Watch & Neighborhood Watch Deputy Coordinator
Ron Collins Neighborhood Watch
Helen Corer Neighborhood Watch
Virginia Dahlgren Neighborhood Watch Sam Covington Neighborhood Watch & Rambler Distributor
Maryan Fatahiyar Neighborhood Watch
Mike Fatahiyar Neighborhood Watch Kelli Hoover Neighborhood Watch & Rambler Distributor
Mark Field Neighborhood Watch
Kim Furman Neighborhood Watch Norman Cherkis Neighborhood Watch, CAC Representative & Rose Hill Directory
Paul Furman Neighborhood Watch
Bobby Harrison Neighborhood Watch
Lisa Harrison Neighborhood Watch Donna Beaty Neighborhood Watch, CAC Representative, Rambler Distributor & Neighborhood Watch Administrative Officer
Elmer Haupt Neighborhood Watch
Doug Hoey Neighborhood Watch
Kevin Hoover Neighborhood Watch
Jim Jamison Neighborhood Watch Mike Bible Rambler Distributor
Ed Kesler Neighborhood Watch Zondra Bible Rambler Distributor
Beth Kohn Neighborhood Watch Barbara Caines Rambler Distributor
Bob Kohn Neighborhood Watch Karen Collins Rambler Distributor
Dick Langley Neighborhood Watch Margo Cunniffe Rambler Distributor
John Lewis Neighborhood Watch Helen Flahive Rambler Distributor
Robert Marshall Neighborhood Watch Zoe-Ann Freitag Rambler Distributor
Mel Martin Neighborhood Watch Ollie King Rambler Distributor
Jim McClelland Neighborhood Watch Sara Kolo Rambler Distributor
Sandy Mikilia Neighborhood Watch Lisa McGuin Rambler Distributor
Mike Nelson Neighborhood Watch Shane McGuin Rambler Distributor
Brett Payne Neighborhood Watch Michael Musselman Rambler Distributor
Julie Payne Neighborhood Watch Tom Strah Rambler Distributor
Dave Perkins Neighborhood Watch Karen Wheeless Rambler Distributor
Colleen Quinn Neighborhood Watch PamYereb Rambler Distributor
Fred Ramsey Neighborhood Watch Elizabeth Lambertson Rambler Editor
Marty Williams Rambler Editor

MyRoseHill.com -- Just a Toddler

It is hard to believe that MyRoseHill.com is already over a year old. It was in February 2002 that the RHCA registered the name MyRoseHill.com and launched its new website. A bit shaky at first, as with any "new baby," but with a little patience and lots of good ideas, we have become a website worthy of our Association and, most importantly, our community. Now, however, is not the time to rest.

Our website contains a wealth of information about our Association, our Rose Hill community, County, State, and Federal resources, and many other useful and informative webpages. In some respects, "one stop surfing." You name it, we got it. :)

As with many websites, I have access to statistics that allow me to monitor which features are the most popular. For example, I know the Crime Reports are not of interest to everyone. Nonetheless, these reports are very important and I plan to continue posting them as long as they are available. As a potential Rose Hill homebuyer, I would certainly be interested in knowing "Is this community safe for me and my children?" Another example, however, did not fair so well. The Meeting and Activities page received very few visitors and I deleted it. Not a big sacrifice since the Rambler includes an excellent calendar to keep us abreast of activities within our community. But, overall, I think our website enjoys relatively good community support with over 3,000 visitors our first year.

I do not want to bore you with a lot of data, but the following graph is an example how our website is doing in terms of the number of visitors.

As you can see, the number of visitors per month varies substantially. Overall, however, we seem to average about 250 visitors a month and growing. Not CNN.com by any means, but not too shabby for a "toddler." Is there room for growth? Certainly, but we do not want to measure our success by numbers alone. We want our website to service the needs of our community. Only by focusing on that objective can we truly be successful. So, how can you help?

If you have not visited our website lately, please do. You just may be pleasantly surprised at what you find. If, after you have poked around a bit, you have any ideas or suggestions to increase the utility of YOUR website or simply have a suggestion to make it work a little easier, please drop me a note at sapp@erols.com. The only worthless idea is the one I have not heard. Now, on to something a little brighter.


Rose Hill's signs and landscaping at Rose Hill Drive and Franconia Road.

Have you seen it? Everyone is talking about it. If not, you really need to get out more. There is new landscaping around the entrance sign to Rose Hill at Franconia Road. This landscaping at the entrance to Rose Hill sends a clear message to everyone that drives through our community. A message of pride. Pride in our community, our homes, and most importantly, the place so many of our children call "home." Thanks to everyone who supported the landscaping project through their donations and to Fortney Lawn & Garden for all their hard work. Nicely done!

But, have you really seen it? Look closely and you will see that a little gremlin, probably in the dark of night, "tagged" the Rose Hill sign with a little graffiti of their own. Yes, "MyRoseHill.com" now adorns the entrance sign to Rose Hill. Once again, "pride" bubbles to the top. Could it be that this little sign will bring more visitors to our website, more advertisers to our newsletter, and more families to the place we call "home?" I sure hope so.

Now that summer is here (yes, it only seems like March) The Rambler is going to take a well-deserved break and return in September. MyRoseHill.com, however, will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We never sleep. We are here whenever you need us. Just let your fingers do the walking and come see us. Enjoy your summer everyone.

Jim Sapp

The next Rambler deadline is September 12, 2003.
The next delivery weekend is September 20-21, 2003.

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 me at 703-924-7192. Artwork can be sent to marty-williams 2000@yahoo.com in tiff or jpeg format or hardcopy mailed to P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310. Checks made out to RHCA should be included with ads and sent to the P.O. Box.

Marty Williams

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