Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
RHCA Officers and Volunteers
Editor, The Rambler
RHCA, P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310
Police to Hold Child Safety Seminar at RHCA’s Tuesday, June 26, Meeting
Master Police Officer James Nida of the Franconia Station will conduct a Child Safety Against Sexual Predators Seminar at the Tuesday, June 26, meeting of the Rose Hill Civic Association. As usual, the program will be held starting at 7pm in the community room of the John Marshall Library.
The program consists of safety training for children ages 6 to 10, parent responses to a child’s concerns, police investigative techniques of sexual predator cases, and sexual offender laws and registry. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
If you have young kids, or are a grandparent, this is one seminar you should not miss. We had an exposure case on Rose Hill Drive 2 years ago. Fortunately, there was an arrest in the incident which was one of a series in the area. On June 13, 2007, there was an arrest in an aggravated sexual battery case in Springfield.
Those of you who attended Officer Nida’s Senior Safety Seminar in February know that he provides information in an understandable manner and takes the time to answer questions. If time permits, he also will update us on overall police activity in the Rose Hill area.
Traffic Issues in Rose Hill
If you haven’t yet signed our petition to slow down traffic in Rose Hill, you may do so at the June 26 meeting. After we gather enough signatures, the County and VDOT will meet with RHCA to design a program to calm traffic on our streets. So far, the County has agreed to look at Rose Hill Drive and Cottonwood Drive. A high percentage of signers on other streets will, hopefully, lead to an expanded program.
School is out so there will be kids at play all during the day and evening. Be on the lookout for our younger residents. Parents should take care to caution their kids not to play in the street. We have problems with speeders on most every street in Rose Hill, so make sure your kids look both ways when crossing and don’t play in the street.
Remembering Tom Violette
Thomas P. Violette, Sr., passed away June 6 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a series of heart attacks. He had been hospitalized after suffering a stroke several months ago. Tom and his wife, Wanda, are Rose Hill Originals. They moved to Treetop Lane in 1955 and then relocated around the corner when the new houses were built on May Boulevard. He served the Rose Hill Civic Association in a number of roles, including a stint as president. In recent years, he represented RHCA at the monthly meetings of the Lee District Association of Civic Associations. Tom also served as a member of Fairfax County’s Civil Service Commission for 20 years, making sure rules and regulations governing County employees were applied fairly and equitably. After a long career in the newspaper distribution field, he worked in the alarm system industry for several years before he and his son, Tom, Jr., founded their company, Cam-Serv, Inc., that provides security systems for homes and businesses. Tom worked up until he became ill. He worked long hours, but often found time to drop by RHCA meetings on his way home. A man of many interests, Tom published a travel guide about Interstate 95 in the 1970s. An avid photographer, he was involved in a project to photograph all of the lighthouses on the east coast. Tom Violette, Sr., personified the unique character of the people who were the first residents and helped make Rose Hill the special community it is. We all are in their debt. RHCA will miss Tom, but we will try to live up his high ideals and love for this community. His wise counsel will not be forgotten.
New School Proposal
The Howard Gardner School, a small independent, non-profit high school with a maximum enrollment of 48 students, is proposing to locate on 1.3627 acres at 4913 Franconia Road. The property is bounded by Rose Hill Baptist church on the east and properties on Leewood Drive on the west. The property is zone R-3, the same as Rose Hill. A private school of education is a special exception use within the R-3 district. Hours of operation are proposed to be 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. Parent meetings will take place in the evenings. In addition to the 48 students, there will be six teachers and two administrative staff. According to the application, the old farmhouse on the property will be preserved and restored and the new building will resemble a barn. Temporary class-rooms will be used during construction. The proposed new structure will be two stories with a walkout basement. The building will be ‘round’ designed to harmonize with the environment and maximize usable space while minimize its footprint. The height of the building will be 29 feet (35 feet is the max in R-3). The pro-posed new structure will be an energy-efficient ‘green’ building, using environmentally friendly design and materials. Twenty-four parking places are provided with an arrangement in place with the neighboring church to handle parking during graduation and other special events. A 25-foot buffer is provided on the applicant’s property between the proposed facility and the properties on Leewood Drive to the west. The application describes the school as offering college preparatory programs serving creative, diverse learners. It currently operates in an office building with 38 students and a waiting list. While the school is not a special education school, it does enroll students with Learning Differences. If you would like more information about the school, contact Katherine Keith at 703.822.9300 or e-mail her at Katherine@thehowardgardnerschool.org.
The owners of property on Highland Drive bordering Maryview Street, Telegraph Road, and Cotton-wood Drive apparently plan to continue their efforts to develop. The engineer designing the commercial property on Highland Drive has asked for a meeting with RHCA to discuss our concerns which involve marine clay, buffers, lighting, etc. Previous plans asked for a waiver on the required buffer. In the case of the undeveloped two-acre parcel on Telegraph between Rose Hill Drive and the first houses south of that on Telegraph, the engineer now is proposing one house rather than the five previously submitted. The property is laced with marine clay and an open storm water drainage ditch that is severely eroding proper-ties on Cottonwood Drive and Rose Hill Drive. RHCA is working directly with the homeowners affected by both cases and will continue to do so over the summer. Both are by-right developments. However, RHCA insists that all requirements be met and no waivers be allowed.
Lock Your Doors and Windows
Recently, a woman in nearby Springfield awakened to find a male intruder in her room. Fortunately, the intruder fled and the woman was unharmed. An investigation revealed that the door from the garage to the main house had been left unlocked. Police urge all residents to make sure their doors and windows are locked before they retire. We are fortunate that there is little crime in Rose Hill and urge everyone to maintain vigilance. Rose Hill has an extremely active Neighborhood Watch Program. If you have a few hours to spare only several times a year, please get in touch with Woody Betts, our Neighborhood Watch coordinator, at email@example.com. We can sure use extra eyes to help keep our community safe. If you see something suspicious, don’t hesitate to call the police non-emergency number at 703.691.2131. Of course, if you have an emergency or see a crime in progress, call 911.
Since the last edition of The Rambler, the following have joined the ranks of RHCA membership: Carole Guzzetta, 6407 May Boulevard; Elmer (Mo) and Alice Haupt, 6208 Thornwood Drive; James Oxford and Julie Nghiem, 6121 Leewood Drive; Mark and Dottie Snyder, 6422 Maryview Street; Kenneth White and Crystal Simpkins-White, 6422 Haystack Road, the Lanes, 6410 May Boulevard, and Delores McKinney, 6303 Cottonwood Drive. More than 200 homeowners in Rose Hill have joined RHCA this year. We’re happy to have all of them. Those of you who haven’t yet joined are urged to print out a membership form from our website, myrosehill.com, and mail it, along with your check, to RHCA, PO Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310.
There’s no doubt that Rose Hill Beauty signs are a mark of pride for our RHCA members. Therefore, it’s almost unforgivable when we fail to list a winner as being a member or get a name wrong. We acknowledge the following mistakes: Since the May edition, the following winners are members and have received a sign: The Rolons at 6503 Rose Hill Drive; the Lopez’ at 6300 Cottonwood Drive; the Nelsons at 4425 Roundhill Road; the Haupts at 6408 Thornwood Drive; the Dillons at 4618 Winston Place; and the Snyders at 6322 Maryview Street. We also apologize to Brian and Mary Ellen Duy at 6309 Climbhill Road and Anna Jeffries at 5003 Greenhaven Place for not having our records up to date. They have been corrected! And, after further review, we have added the Phillips at 6408 Maryview, the Hunters at 6410 Maryview, and Anna Fish at 6301 Cottonwood Drive to the list of winners. And, thanks to the new neighbors at 6415 Maryview who have turned a problem property into a Beauty. Finally, we made the biggest mistake of all! We neglected to transfer the Williams at 6509 Cottonwood Drive from the judge’s list to The Rambler list. Lets hope The Rambler editor will forgive us!
Save those Rose Hill Beauty signs. In order to save money next year, we’ll be adding stickers rather than replacing all of them.
Another 50th Anniversary
Rose Hill Elementary School celebrates its 50th anniversary with the start of the fall term. As part of the celebration, the Rose Hill Civic Association has agreed to sponsor an evening social at the school involving students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators from days gone by. The idea is to swap stories about the happenings at Rose Hill and remember the people who made it such a great school. We’ll serve refreshments and pass around a microphone to any-one who wants to share his or her memories of Rose Hill Elementary. If you would like to help organize this event, call or email Carl Sell or Linda Nichols. Their phone numbers and email addresses are listed on Page 2. We don’t have a firm date as yet, but we are thinking about mid-October. We need to coordinate a date with the school. Since we won’t meet again until September, we’ll post any information on our website, myrosehill.com. If you’d like to brush up on Rose Hill Elementary, read the history of the school on the website.
Supporting Our Troops
While the politicians seek to convince us they all support the troops, here’s one company that puts its money where its mouth is. Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all its employees called up as reservists. The program is good for 2 years. By law, Sears is only required to hold the jobs open until the reservists return. When I learned of this program by Sears, I contacted them to verify it before passing it on to you. Here is the company’s reply: "Sears regards service to our country as one of the greatest sacrifices our young men and women can make. We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time." If you’d like to confirm this item, contact Sears Customer Care at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sears is an American business icon. For one, I plan to patronize their stores as one small way to say thanks for supporting our military. I urge you to do the same.
Editor’s note: Since the beginning of this ‘war on terrorism,’ Sears has been there for its employees who are called to serve their country. It truly is an American icon. Please go out of your way to patronize Sears—there’s one right at Landmark Mall at Duke and North Van Dorn Sts.
Kingstowne Farmers Market
Every Friday, 4p to 7p, in the parking lot between Giant Food and King Street Blues
Lee District Nights — 2007 Free Summer Concert Series Schedule
Kingstowne Towne Center
Lee District Amphitheater
Come join us for volleyball at Lee District Park. The sand court is located just this side of the batting cages. We play from 5:45 ’til dark every Thursday until the end of September. Come and bring a friend for a time of exercise and fellowship. Hope to see you there.
David and Linda Nichols
NEW DRIVING LAW
Effective July 1, 2007 for Less Than 18-Years-Old
NO CELL PHONE USE or any other wireless telecommunication device, regardless if the device is hand-held or not hand-held when operating a motor vehicle in Virginia. This also prohibits any text-messaging while driving.
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 703.924.7192. 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.
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