Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
June 2004

President's Message

50th Anniversary Tee Shirts on Sale at June 22 Meeting

They are here! Just in time for summer! Absolutely genuine collectors item Rose Hill Civic Association 50th Anniversary tee shirts! Sizes small, medium, large, and extra large. Only $12 for RHCA members and $15 for non-members.

The shirts include the same logo you see every day on the anniversary signs at the entrances to our community. They are six colors on a natural background. The shirts are designed to minimize shrinkage.

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The logo appearing on the Rose Hill 50th Anniversary limited edition tee shirts.

They go on sale at the June 22nd meeting of the RHCA, 7 pm, at the John Marshall Library. Fill out the order form on page 3 and bring it along with a check to the meeting to pick up your tee shirts. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Linda Nichols at 703-971-0755 for details on how you can obtain a shirt.

Be among the first on your block to own one of these special shirts! We only have 144, and if you do not act quickly, you will have to wait until we place another order.

Meanwhile, planning for the 50th Anniversary celebration Saturday, September 18, at Lee District Park is continuing. Mark your calendar now. There will be a special edition of The Rambler one week prior to the celebration to let everyone know the schedule of events.

The hours will be 1 pm to 5 pm, with a special dedication of the new flagpole and flag overlooking Rose Hill Drive at 1:30 pm. There will be Fifties music, games, vintage displays, and food at 1950s prices. Plan to attend and meet your neighbors.

If you can spare some time helping plan the event, give any of the officers at call. We will also need help setting up for the event and cleaning up afterward. Let us know how you can help.

Off to Cyberspace ?

Our webmaster, Jim Sapp, and his wife Patsy are off to the mountains of Colorado. We will be having cake and ice cream in their honor at the June 22 meeting at 7 pm at John Marshall Library. Jim designed and has maintained what many believe to be the best Citizen Association website in Northern Virginia. Although we are sorry to lose him, we thank him very much for making RHCA a leader in providing information to its members. In addition to creating and updating MyRoseHill.com, Jim delivered The Rambler in his neighborhood, helped install the 50th Anniversary signs, and attended county meetings on behalf of RHCA. We will greatly miss his advice and assistance. He may be on a mountaintop in Colorado (the Sapp's new home is at 8,000 feet), but he will be reachable via the Internet!

Rose Hill Section III Update

Unfortunately, the Board of Supervisors did NOT act on the Special Exception application to develop Rose Hill Section III at its June 7 meeting because of an apparent misunderstanding involving the buffer area. As I reported to you in the May Rambler, there may be areas where the buffer will have to be cleared in order to install retaining walls to protect existing homes. The area then would be replanted. Although RHCA is concerned that any buffer area is disturbed, we are MORE interested in maintaining the integrity of the existing homes that border the site. Because a definitive geotechnical review has not yet been evaluated by the County, we do not know for sure if additional retaining walls are necessary. RHCA's position is that we would hope any lots that cause extensive clearing and retaining walls would be deleted from the plan. The main area in question is on the left of extended Wayside Place as you enter the new development. We have constantly pointed out the fragile soil conditions and excessive amount of springs in that area to the County site plan reviewers. Once a final plan is submitted, we will transmit our concerns in writing. The new Board hearing date is June 21, the day before our June meeting. I will provide an update at the meeting. Although the area in question is only a small portion of the buffer we have negotiated, every inch of buffer and the safety of every existing homeowner is important to us. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call at 703.971.4716. The alternative to this proposal could be a by-right development that would not guarantee any buffer and would not include the insurance to protect existing homes should they be damaged during the construction of the new subdivision.

More Members

Keeping up with our members, we are happy to report that the following residents have signed up as 2004 members since the May Rambler was published: Raymond & Carola High, 4613 Cottonwood Place; Brian & Judi Hughes, 6329 Maryview Street; Khom-Soc, 4711 Flower Lane; Marty & Judy Kowalik, 6115 Leewood Drive; Frank and Marge McConnell, 6220 Thornwood Drive; Madge McKay, 6402 Wayside Place; Dennis & Barbara Scott, 4509 Bee Street; Tom & Wanda Violette, 6408 May Boulevard; and Michael & Julie Yutesler, 6222 Blossom Lane.

Rose Hill Beauties

Apologies to the Caparas family at 6707 Greendale Road. We missed their name in the list of Rose Hill Beauty winners in the May Rambler. And, although we had the name right, we had the Saifuddins at the wrong address on Willowood. The beauty is located at 6229. If you haven't received your sign as yet, it is on the way. Remember, only RHCA members receive signs (after all they pay for them!). Others get recognition in The Rambler and on our website, MyRoseHill.com. If there is any other update information, please let us know and we'll catch up in the next edition of The Rambler.

A Rose Hill Ugly!

Last month, we ran the list of properties in Rose Hill that have earned recognition as Rose Hill Beauties. Now we want to acquaint you with a Rose Hill 'Ugly.' RHCA has sent a letter to the owner of 4612 Roundhill Road asking that he clean up the blight on our community. At the same time, we have communicated with County officials in an effort to get something done to rid our community of this eyesore. We have contacted the county on numerous occasions, but as yet nothing has happened. The owner keeps telling the County he is living there. However, RHCA sent a letter to the address and the Post Office returned it saying the occupant had moved and left no forwarding address. One of the County's criteria for moving in and fixing up the property is that it be vacant for at least a year. You can help by calling the Blight Abatement Office at 703.246.5173 and Supervisor Kauffman's office at 703.971.6262. Tell them you support RHCA's effort to clean up the mess at 4612 Roundhill Road!

Last Rambler until September

This is the last edition of The Rambler until September! We will be issuing the September Rambler earlier than normal in order to keep you up-to-date on the 50th Anniversary celebration scheduled September 18 at Lee District Park. Look for The Rambler the previous weekend. Over the summer, we'll post any important community information on the RHCA website, MyRoseHill.com. The website is chock full of community and County information, so look there if you have a question. Give any of the officers a call if you need information or assistance during the summer. The Rambler may be on vacation, but be assured that the Neighborhood Watch will be on duty protecting our community.

--Carl Sell

MyRoseHill.com Update

MyRoseHill.com has been updated with the .following:

  • The May issue of The Rambler
  • The 2004 Rose Hill Directory Up-to-date Crime Reports New merchants
  • The May and June Calendar
  • New memories have been added the Original Ramblers
  • A new color photo of Delegate Mark Sickles

On a Personal Note

As some of you know, Patsy and I have sold our Rose Hill home of 34 years and are moving to Colorado. We are building a log home in the mountains Southwest of Denver near the small towns of Pine, Conifer, Evergreen and the world renowned Bucksnort Saloon and Hog Heaven Barbecue. We have rented a place nearby so we can keep an eye on the construction and we expect to move into our new place by this time next year. Needless to say, we will miss this community and the friends we have made. We will also miss the traffic and taxes ..... NOT. :-)

I will try to continue maintaining MyRoseHill.com from Colorado. I think it would be better, however, to have someone "a little closer" to eventually take over the website. Please let Carl know if you know of someone who may have an interest in managing the website. However, the pay is not very good and the work is long and hard but the rewards are great and the friendships are everlasting. :-)

Well, enough "Rambling" for now.

Take care,

--Jim Sapp

We Need Help!!

Our webmaster, Jim Sapp, and his wife recently sold their home and will be moving soon. We hope someone in the community with web experience will step up and help us out.

Also, our Rambler Distributor, Sarah Kolo, and her family will be moving soon. The job entails picking up The Rambler copies from The UPS Store, dividing them up for the individual delivery people, and getting those packages to their houses by Saturday morning, the weekend before the monthly meeting.

We’re also seeking someone to help deliver The Rambler 9 times a year. It’s an easy, part-time job, perfect for someone who likes to walk, including students, moms, and retirees.

Finally, we need someone to volunteer to sell ads for The Rambler. Spending just a few hours a month can yield big returns for your Civic Association. The rates are so reasonable, many businesses can’t resist.

Don’t forget, Carl Sell and Terrie Dacales will be stepping down from their Association positions next year. We are looking for a new president and vice president to step forward and take over the reigns and allow time for a "training" and sharing of knowledge period.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Marty Williams (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 me at 703-924-7192. Artwork can be sent to marty@fabrications.us 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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