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Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
June 2006

President’s Message

RHCA Expenses For 2005 Show A Few Carry the Load for Many

Included in this edition of The Rambler is a rundown of the Rose Hill Civic Association’s income and expenses for the year 2005. Even though we ended the year in the black, we are living on the edge.

Thanks to the financial support of our members above and beyond our dues, we were able to accomplish all of the things we set out to do in 2005. Hopefully, the same will be true for 2006. We have a way to go this year, however; expenses once again will be more than our basic dues structure.

Our largest expense is the printing of The Rambler. The basic amount of dues collected doesn’t cover that cost. Contributions to the general fund keep us in the black. They also pay for other specific items, such as the upkeep of the flowerbed at our entrance sign.

The problem is that a few are carrying the financial load for the entire community. We need more members in order to insure that we can meet our yearly goals. The Association acts for everyone in the community. Membership is only $10 per year. Even though our membership drive is over for the year, at any time, you can mail a check to RHCA at P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310. Just make sure your name and address are included so we can update our records or print the form from Too often, people forget to join even though they had good intentions.

The complete list of members is maintained on our website. We print in The Rambler the names of all who join during the first quarter of each year. We need your help in order to keep RHCA an effective organization that protects your interests and provides you with community information.

We invite comment on our financial rundown. We also are looking for ways in which to increase membership. Everyone has a stake in the well-being of our community. Become a member. Better yet, join us at the meetings and add your voice to the decision-making process.

Again, sincere thanks to those of you who took the time to join Rose Hill Civic Association. Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to pay the bills. We hope you will continue to see RHCA as an effective community organization.

Bev and Norm Cherkis will be missed!

Thanks, Bev and Norm

You may have noticed the house on Saddle Tree that has been home to Bev and Norm Cherkis is for sale (hopefully, it will be sold by the time you read this). The Cherkises are moving to a senior community near Fredericksburg. To say they will be missed would be a major understatement. Please join us at our June 27 meeting as we honor Bev and Norm for their unselfish support of RHCA and the entire Franconia community. We’ll even throw in some refreshments. In addition to their work in our community, Bev and Norm were major forces on the Franconia Police Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). Both held numerous offices and got their hands dirty with the details such as the annual Christmas Eve dinner for police on duty. Norm also put together the weekly crime report for Internet subscribers. You can’t imagine how much help their rapport with the police has benefited Rose Hill. Bev and Norm, along with Woody Betts and Donna Beaty, have represented our community on the CAC for years. Norm and Bev also delivered The Rambler, participated in Neighborhood Watch, and were stalwarts in their support of RHCA.

Rose Hill Reserve

The County advises that the soils report for Rose Hill Reserve, the 22-acre area west of Rose Hill Drive and Cottonwood Drive and north of Carriage Drive has been approved. This does not mean that building can commence. The next step is approval or rejection of a site plan. As of this writing, site plan revisions based on the approval of the soils report had not been submitted. Certainly approval of the soils report removes a major obstacle in the site plan process. We will continue to monitor the process and report any new developments. Over the summer, check in on our website,, for any updates. If the County signals it is ready to approve or reject the site plan, we will schedule a special meeting. We will notify everyone on our email list and deliver notices to those whose property is contiguous to Rose Hill Reserve.

Traffic Update

The Virginia Department of Transportation reports it has no objection to the installation of multi-way stop signs at Willowood Lane and Apple Tree Drive and Willowood Lane and Bee Street if the community supports such action. Since RHCA initiated the request after a vote of the Association two years ago, I plan to confirm our support to VDOT. We will discuss the matter again at our June 27 meeting. To refresh your memory, the four-way stop signs were requested to help slow down traffic on Apple Tree Drive and slow down those persons using Willowood and Bee as a short cut from Telegraph Road in order to avoid the light at Telegraph Road and Rose Hill Drive. We still have several traffic calming issues pending with the County and VDOT. They involve speed humps or tables on Cottonwood Drive between Rose Hill Drive and Split Rock Road and four-way stop signs on Rose Hill Drive at Apple Tree Drive and at Cottonwood Drive, the only through cross-streets. If there is any new information on those two subjects, it will be reported at the June 27 meeting.

More Members

We welcome those who have signed up for 2006 membership after the deadline for the May Rambler. Dennis Dzierzawski, 6210 Thornwood Drive; Paulette & Stanley Martin, 4517 Lark Lane; Steven and Brenda Phillips, 6408 Maryview Street; Cedrick Lack, 6330 Rose Hill Drive; Robert & Gladys Popovics, 4903 Apple Tree Drive; John & Dorothy Thibeau, 6216 Saddle Tree Drive; Alice Wilder & Thomas Mangum, 6413 Rose Hill Drive.

Rose Hill Beauty Updates, Additions

Ann Pulman, who lived at 6510 Haystack Road, was proud of her annual Rose Hill Beauty award. Ms. Pulman passed away in July of 2005, but her daughter Judith and husband Thomas Bowles have continued the tradition. We apologize for not giving them credit in last month’s Rambler. Likewise, we owe an apology to Brian and Mary Ellen Duy, who moved into 6309 Climbhill Road two years ago and became RHCA members this year. They earned a Rose Hill Beauty sign but we had the previous owner listed at the address. We also had the wrong name at 6220 Climbhill Road and welcome the Mintos to the list of Beauty winners. We are also glad to welcome the Lopez family of 6300 Cottonwood Drive to the community and the Beauty list. We did not have their name last month. Unfortunately, Lark Lane was overlooked in the process. If we had looked we would have noticed the great job Paulette Martin has done with her yard again this year so we’ve added the Martins to the list. After further review, we have added the following to the list of Beauties: Monica and Alan Reed at 6422 Rose Hill Drive; Sally and Bill Dankers and Marjorie Parkyn of 6511 Carriage Drive; and Lee and Carol Davis of 6314 Climbhill Road. Signs were distributed to those winners who are members of RHCA.

Another Original

Add David and Gladys Tutterow of May Boulevard to the list of Rose Hill Originals. They are celebrating their 50th year in our community. The Tutterows moved here from Alexandria on December 31, 1956. David worked for Western Electric, which became C&P, which became AT&T. In the early days, he was president of the Rose Hill pool, located just down the street where Heritage Academy is today. They liked Rose Hill when they moved here because it was ‘a nice quiet community.’ They don’t think that has changed in 50 years. The entire list of Originals is printed on the next page. Please make sure you or your neighbor who qualifies is listed. We are close to finalizing the plaque commemorating the Originals and we hope to place it on or near the Rose Hill historic marker at the Library.

Watch Out For Children

Now that school is out, kids will be out playing throughout the day and evening. Drivers are cautioned to watch out for our young residents. Likewise, parents are encouraged to caution their children not to play in the street! Unfortunately, we notice too many instances of kids playing in the street. It’s against the law and parents could be held responsible by the authorities. Children entering the street from behind or between parked cars present a major opportunity for an accident. Please, please, teach your kids to avoid playing in the street, and to stop, listen, and look both ways when crossing the street. Drivers should exercise additional caution and slow down during the summer months.

Park Lights Approved

The Park Authority has approved a master plan revision that will increase the amount of playing fields and light all of them. The plan also calls for an enhanced Family Recreation Area, additional parking, and an expanded Recreation Center. RHCA protested the lighted fields because of increased traffic, noise, and the potential of glare in our community. Unfortunately, the Park Authority chose to reward special interest groups and endorse proposals by its headquarters staff rather than listen to the surrounding communities, all of which were opposed to the lights. If you are interested in RHCA’s written testimony, and the Park Authority’s reply, it is all online at Despite the action, RHCA continues to maintain a cordial relationship with the staff at Lee District Park.

—Carl Sell

1950s Rose Hill Originals

Here is the latest list of Rose Hill Originals from the 1950s who still are represented in the community or reached the 50-year level. The criteria are simple: These folks moved into a new house and they are still there or moved to another location in the community. We are beginning to make plans for a suitable plaque to honor our Originals, so let us know if there are any additions or corrections. Once this list is completed, we will move on to honor those folks who moved into new homes in the 1960s.


Connie and Larry Beatty


Twila and Essie Noble, Well and Ann Machmer, Jean and William Stemple, Jean and Robert Thomson, Helen Wagness, Alice and Edward Holloman, George and Doris Krapf, Pearl Butler, Tom and Wanda Violette


Bev and Tom Eppolito, Ray and Harris Bobby Stone, Kae and John Furneisen, David and Gladys Tutterow


Mike and Bea Evans, Macy Watts, Mary and Ken Mann, Beatrice Mulvey


Dorothy and Joseph Turner, John and Jane Madaris, Tony and Millie Lane


Helen and Robert Flahive, Jane Letsche, Jack and Dot Moore, Raymond and Evelyn Market, Russell, Phyllis and Jack Blush

—Update June 14, 2006

Fairfax County Public Schools Summer School Program Announces Changes to Registration Process

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will implement significant policy changes with respect to registration for summer school 2006 and this summer’s high school graduation.

Students will no longer be able to enroll on the first day of summer school—Monday, July 10—or thereafter. Summer school registration will conclude on Friday, June 23, or sooner if a class reaches its capacity.

Late registration for courses still available will be held on Thursday, June 29, from 8am to 2pm only, and only for the following students:

Elementary school students who fail a math and/or English Standards of Learning (SOL) test.

Middle school students who fail a course required for promotion, those who fail an SOL test, and students who are conditionally promoted.

High school students who fail a course required for graduation or promotion or who fail an SOL test.

Eligible elementary school students may register late at the following six designated schools: Armstrong Elementary, Bull Run Elementary, Crossfield Elementary, Hayfield Elementary, North Springfield Elementary, and Spring Hill Elementary.

Eligible middle school students may register late at the summer school site they plan to attend, including Irving Middle, Liberty Middle, Longfellow Middle, Rocky Run Middle, and Twain Middle.

Eligible high school students may register late at the summer school site they plan to attend, including Annandale High, Centreville High, Lee High, McLean High, and Mount Vernon High. A late registration fee of $35 will apply to all students registering on June 29.

There will be no late registration for high school summer school SOL tests. High school students must pre-register for SOL tests before the day of testing. Also, students may take only the SOL tests for which they have pre-registered.

Seniors who fulfill graduation requirements as a result of their summer school coursework will receive their diplomas on Thursday, August 10, at 4pm at Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Road, Oakton.


Rose Hill Civic Association
Financial Report – Calendar Year 2005

Income from dues, donations, and Rambler advertisements


Total Disbursements 


The UPS Store (Rambler printings)


Harvest Church (donation/memorial)


Food for meeting(s)


Friends of John Marshall Library donation


Lee District Association of Civic Organizations (dues)


Postmaster (box office fee)


State Corporation Commission (fee)


Postmaster (stamps)


Edison High School All Night Grad party (donation)


Rose Hill beauty signs


Fortney Lawn and Garden (median upkeep) 


Cameron United Methodist Church (donation/memorial) 


July 4th picnic dinners 


Lee District Association of Civic Organizations (dinner fee) 


Koinonia (donation) 


Franconia Citizens Advisory Council (holiday dinners donation)


Friends of John Marshall Library (donations and grounds upkeep)


Miscellaneous: neighborhood fire victim, paid from direct donations 



Community Alert!!

On Tuesday, May 9, at approximately 7pm, a young man exposed himself to two girls, ages 9 and 12, in the 6200 block of Rose Hill Drive. The girls were playing in their yard when the man approached and said he was searching for his dog. He is described as being a white male, approximately 20 years old, 175-200 pounds, and 5'10" to 6' tall. He was wearing a red ball cap, gray t-shirt, blue jeans, and white shoes.

A similar incident was reported on Sunday, June 11, around 6:45pm near the 7800 block of Seafarer Way in the Lorton area. The suspect’s description was very similar: a white man in his 20s, approximately 6' tall, 180 pounds, with short brown hair. He was wearing a blue t-shirt, faded cut-off blue jean shorts, a blue hat, and tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1.866.411.TIPS (8477) or the police non-emergency number at 703.691.2131. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR NAME! 

2006 Summer Nights Concert Series
All performances are FREE and begin at 7:30pm

Lee District Park Amphitheater

June 28

Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions Featuring Howard Levy (Folk/Roots) When it comes to the music, there is no question. The music made by Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions is music for the sheer joy of making great music. The Washington Post says it “climbs up the Blue Ridge and down to the bayou and back up the Himalaya’s.”

July 5

Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Orchestra (Irish/Celtic) A marriage of other-worldly Celtic beauty and rockin’ electric jigs and reels. The Ocean Orchestra, directed by award-winning composer/ arranger Jennifer Cutting, plays Celtic Music for Ancient Moderns. This acoustic electric big band is a Who’s Who of the Brightest stars of Washington area Celtic and pop music including Grace Griffith, Lisa Moscatiello, Zan McLeod, Dave Abe, Rico Petruccelli and Chris Stewart.

July 12

Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers (Rock)

Like all good songwriters, Kellogg makes it look easy. His lyrics use ordinary language, but every song contains a flash of insight or a turn of phrase that will jolt listeners into an altered state. As Kellogg sings in “See You Later, See You Soon,” the album is full of “singular moments you’ll remember as long as you live.”

July 19

Chopteeth (Afrofunk)

Chopteeth is a 14-piece afrofunk orchestra that builds on some of the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African popular music on the planet. The core of the Chopteeth sound, Afrobeat, is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning rhythms.

July 26

Terpsichore: Elke Baker (fiddle) & Liz Donaldson (piano) (Scottish Music)

You don’t have to be a Scot to find your foot tapping to the irresistible rhythms of stirring reels and haunting strathspeys. Come to a concert of Scottish music and participate in the dancing.

August 2

Squeeze Bayou (Cajun)

Squeeze Bayou Cajun Band, based in the D.C. area, plays traditional Cajun and zydeco dance music from Southwestern Louisiana, specializing in two steps and waltzes. Their music reflects a blend of many styles including country music, blues and Creole.

August 9

The Chu Shan Chinese Opera Institute of Washington DC (Chinese)

Chinese opera can be traced back 3,000 years, with elements of song and dance, religious ritual, court music, acrobatics, puppetry and shadow plays, balladry and farce. The Washington Chu Shan Chinese Opera Institute emphasizes the historical and geographical diversity of Chinese opera and performing arts by presenting works of various genres from North and South Mainland China as well as Taiwan.

August 16

Jinny Marsh’s Hot Kugel Klezmer Band! (Klezmer)

Jinny Marsh’s Hot Kugel Klezmer Band! brings together the hottest musicians in the Washington area who play a variety of klezmer, Yiddish, Chassidic, and Israeli dance tunes as well as classical, American standards, Broadway and rock.

August 23

Randy Barrett (Folk/Bluegrass)

Randy Barrett is a triple-threat standout; top shelf songwriter, award-winning vocalist, and stellar instrumentalist on guitar and banjo. His soulful baritone earned him four Washington Area Music Association awards (WAMMIE) for Best Male Vocalist in the Bluegrass and Traditional Folk categories.

August 30

Arte Flamenco (Flamenco Dance & Music)

Arte Flamenco is an exciting company of dancers, musicians and singers. Their presentation captures the imagination with a combination of sound and movement alternately light and dark, somber and joyful, lighthearted and proudly serious.

Kingstowne Towne Center

June 30

J.P. McDermott and Western Bop (Country)

Prepare for the socks to be knocked out from under your boots and blue suede shoes by J.P. McDermott and Western Bop. Their music has enough heart and soul to bring a tear to the eye and spring to the step of the most die-hard music lover!

July 7

Deanna Bogart (Roots/Blues)

Downbeat Magazine describes Deanna Bogart as “an extravagant entertainer.” Bogart, a blues and boogie pianist/saxophonist, combines the energy of 1930’s style boogie piano blues with contemporary blues sounds. “The goal when we play live,” says Bogart, “is to create a fusion of all these different musical styles, with the blues and boogie genuinely at the core.”

July 14 T

he Nighthawks (Rockabilly)

The Nighthawks have earned a reputation as one of the best and hardest working bands around, acclaimed for being one of the first and best white boy blues bands of their generation and for putting on a great live show.

July 21

Russikye Musikanti (Russian)

Russikye Musikanti presents a program of traditional Russian and Ukrainian music. Their repertory includes folk songs, gypsy tunes, Cossack songs and more, a musical mix that demonstrates the cultural diversity of this vast Eastern European region.

July 28

Adrienne Young & Little Sadie (Bluegrass)

AYLS has been voted best acoustic artist for 2005 in the Nashville Scene! “Young avoids the old-time music trap of imitating bygone styles by bringing contemporary melodies and lyrical ideals to arrangements that still draw on hoedowns and the earthy side of folk music.”

August 4

Esencia Tropical (Salsa)

Esencia Tropical is a new Salsa band in the Washington area. Esencia Tropical got their reputation at the South Beach Cafe in Bethesda where they performed every Thursday night in front of Salsa dance classes, instructors and other appreciative aficionados.

August 11

Junkyard Saints (Zydeco)

Junkyard Saints is a DC/Baltimore-based seven-piece band performing its own brand of New Orleans-style party music — blending funk, swing, Latin, R&B and a bit o’ zydeco to round out the mix.

August 18

Pietasters (Ska)

The Pietasters are an 8 piece ska band from the DC/Maryland/ Virginia area. They play passionate music inspired by real life. They have a timeless sound that is relevant in any era.

August 25

Art Sherrod, Jr. (Jazz)

Smooth Jazz Saxophone - Welcome to music’s newest saxophonist extraordinaire. Art Sherrod, Jr.’s music is a celebration of the awesome talents and smooth, musical stylings of the hottest new jazz artist around.

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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