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Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
March 2003


President's Message

Elizabeth Lambertson Steps Down, Marty Williams Edits The Rambler

For the first time in more than three years, Elizabeth Lambertson is no longer editing The Rambler. Elizabeth took over shortly before the RHCA election in 2000 and has been the editor ever since. The Rose Hill Civic Association greatly appreciates Elizabeth's contributions to The Rambler and her community during that time.

Elizabeth is stepping down in order to devote more time to her family and other activities. However, she remains an active member of the Association and will continue to support its activities. Elizabeth and her husband, Michael, were instrumental in getting the 'no parking' signs installed along one side of May Boulevard last year. Residents of May Boulevard and Treetop Lane had trouble getting to Rose Hill Drive during the hours the elementary school opened and closed each day because there were cars parked on both sides of the street. The Lambertsons circulated a petition among their neighbors, the Association forwarded it to VDOT and the signs were installed.

Marty Williams is the new editor of The Rambler, effective with this issue. Marty and Elizabeth have worked closely together over the last several weeks to make sure the transition went smoothly. Marty recently started a graphics design business that includes the production and editing of newsletters. We are fortunate to have Marty on board to make sure The Rambler does not skip a beat!

In addition to producing and editing The Rambler nine times a year, Elizabeth also handled the distribution of copies to the volunteers who bring it to your door. In order to lessen the burden On the new editor, we are looking for someone who will volunteer to fill that role. It involves picking up The Rambler from the editor, having it printed at Mail Boxes, Etc. and then distribute copies for each route. It involves counting newsletters or the routes and separating into bags for each route. The distribution manager also will be responsible for maintaining the roster of volunteers who deliver The Rambler.

It is estimated that the commitment will be for about four hours over the Thursday-Saturday before the fourth Tuesday or each month with the exception of July, August and September.

We also are seeking a volunteer to solicit ads from local businesses so they can reach the 700 homes that receive The Rambler each month. The rates are low and the proceeds will be used to offset our printing costs. Anyone interested in helping out should call any of the officers.

Finally, if you do not think The Rambler is widely read in Rose Hill, consider this: Last month, Elizabeth Lambertson advised a reward to the return of her missing cat, Callie. The cat obviously reads The Rambler because it returned home the very day the newsletter was delivered. It is not known what sort of reward the cat received for its own safe return!

Membership Drive Ends

This issue of The Rambler marks the 'last call' for residents to join RHCA for 2003. A list of residents who already are members is printed elsewhere in The Rambler along with a membership form for those who wish to join. A final list will be printed in the April Rambler. If you believe RHCA is doing a good job in representing and maintaining your community, please become a member. If you do not think we are doing a good job, join and then tell us about your concerns and suggest how we might improve. Membership dues are used to offset the cost of printing The Rambler, funding the monthly costs of the cell phone for use by Neighborhood Watch, maintaining the post office box, supporting the Rose Hill Beauty and Holiday Lighting contests and several worthy local causes. We also ask for annual donations to support the landscaping program at the entrance sign at the Franconia Road and Rose Hill Drive. And, this year we also are asking for donations to refurbish the flagpole on the hill in Lee District Park overlooking Rose Hill Drive at Telegraph Road. We welcome your suggestions. Our books are open by appointment to any member wishing information about expenditures.

Election of Officers

Each March, in accordance with its constitution and bylaws, the Rose Hill Civic Association must hold an election of officers. Accordingly, an election will be held at the March 25 meeting at the John Marshall Library. Offices include President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Although the current officers have agreed to continue to serve, candidates for any office are encouraged. In fact, a volunteer may find that his or her candidacy might be tantamount to election! The president appoints the editor of The Rambler and the Webmaster. Even if you do not wish to serve as an officer, we would appreciate any time you can spare to help with specific projects such as Neighborhood Watch. We have a terrific spirit of volunteerism here in Rose Hill (this copy of The Rambler is delivered to your door by one of our many volunteers). However, we always can use more help. The more people we have the less work it is for everyone.

Historic Stories

The history of Rose Hill will be one of the subjects of a 'story swap' sponsored by the Franconia Museum on Saturday, April 5 at the John Marshall Library between 10 a.m. and noon. The history of Burgundy Village and Clermont also are on the agenda. If you have a story to share about the early days of Rose Hill, or just want to hear what others have to say, please attend the session. Rose Hill will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2004 and RHCA is beginning to plan an appropriate celebration.

The library has acquired a terrific book: "This Forgotten Land, a Tour of Civil War Sites and Other Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, VA," by Donald C. Hakenson. He will speak at the Friends of the John Marshall Library's program on April 21, at 7 pm at the library. The book is written in the form of a guided tour, leaving from the Jefferson Manor Shopping Center at Telegraph and Farmington Roads. Hakenson takes the reader all around the area, stopping in Rose Hill at the old Rose Hill Manor site, the scene of Colonel Mosby's raid. The book is illustrated with meticulous color maps and photographs and illustrations. The tour comes back to Jefferson Manor after stopping at "Lawson's Hill," the site of Camp Knox during the war, now the site of Cameron Methodist Church. The book concludes with a color photograph of the 16-sided Hayfield Barn in flames. How nice to have a written record of the historical places all around us before they vanish completely. "This Forgotten Land" is reference only at the library and at present is located at the information desk.

Order your copy This Forgotten Land.

Retiring Editor's Notes

I have served as Rambler editor for nearly 4 years and it is time for me to put it down. Thank you to everyone who has helped out and served their community, especially the many that tirelessly deliver The Rambler every month. Many thanks to Carl and the other officers who have served with him-our neighborhood is fortunate to have such a strong and dedicated civic association. We are not like the newer developments, where the homeowners associations are mandatory. We are a group who has to care! Please join me in giving Marty Williams a big thank you for taking this on and give her all your support.

Thank you to everyone who expressed concern over my missing cat Callie, pictured in last month's issue. She did return one week after she left with no clue as to how she spent her time. May God bless anyone who has a heart to be kind to a stray.

Elizabeth Lambertson

Editor's Notes

Thank you for the opportunity to serve my community. I have taken on this responsibility with the hopes that I get help from everyone in Rose Hill. I will be accepting articles, information, or feedback from Rose Hill residents at

Marty Williams

Inoperative Vehicles

The Fairfax County Code, Chapter 110, regulates the keeping of inoperable motor vehicles and trailers. The ordinance states: It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to keep any inoperable motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer on any property zoned for residential, commercial or agricultural purposes unless such vehicle is kept within a fully enclosed building or structure or is kept completely screened or shielded from view. An inoperable motor vehicle is described as: Any motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer which: A Is not capable of starting and moving under its own power; or B. Does not display valid license plates; or C. Does not display and inspection decal that is valid or displays an inspection decal that has been expired for more than sixty (60) days. The ordinance permits the Impoundment Officer of the Fairfax County Police to order the towing of inoperative vehicles from private property if the owner(s) does not remove them within 10 days after receiving a violation notice from the Impoundment Officer. Property owners are subject to prosecution for violation of this ordinance.

There are a number of such vehicles on private property within Rose Hill. This is to notify owners of those vehicles that RHCA intends to notify the Impoundment Officer of their location on a regular ongoing basis. Vehicles as described above parked on public streets will be ticketed and eventually towed by the police.

Residents also are reminded that commercial vehicles cannot be parked on public streets in a residential neighborhood. Violators will be ticketed and/or towed. One small commercial vehicle can be legally parked on private property. RHCA routinely reports violations that are brought to its attention.

Water Line Replacement

Most Rose Hill residents have received information from an affiliate of Dominion Virginia Power regarding a water line replacement program. Water is provided to our homes by the Fairfax County Water Authority, a non-profit organization. The Water Authority is not involved in this offering. The program offered covers waterlines on your property. The Water Authority is responsible for the lines within the public right of way. Since the Water Authority is a non profit, it does not compete with private businesses such as plumbers and water line repair and/or replacement companies. It takes no position on the value of this program. Please read the limitations and exclusions of Dominion Products and Services waterline replacement program carefully before you decide if you wish to avail yourself of this protection. Although there have been scores of sewer line replacements in Rose Hill, ! have not heard of any waterline problems. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has had to replace a waterline.

Entrance Sign Landscaping

Thanks to those Rose Hill residents who contributed to the landscaping fund, the first planting for 2003 is now in place in front of our entrance feature at the intersection of Rose Hill Drive and Franconia Road. Another planting of spring and summer flowers will take place around May 1. Maintenance will take place on a weekly basis. Another planting rotation is scheduled to take place around November 1. Thanks to Fortney Lawn and Garden for working with RHCA to keep our entrance feature looking good at a reasonable price. And a pat on the back to those of you who cared enough about our community to contribute toward the program. By the way, A.J. Dwoskin Companies provides the plantings in median across from the apartments, owners of the apartment complex.

Park Flagpole Update

Leon Plenty, manager of Lee District Park, reports that refurbishing of the flagpole and shrubbery on the hill overlooking the intersection of Rose Hill Drive and Telegraph Road will take place this spring. RHCA has agreed to pay for a sign memorializing the Association's donation of the flagpole and a flag when the park opened in the mid-1970s. Congressman Jim Moran's office has agreed to obtain a flag that has been flown over the United States Capitol for use on special dates at the park entrance. The park staff will raise the flag on special days such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, September 11 and Veteran's Day. Any other suggestions will be welcome. Once again, this effort is due to the contributions of Rose Hill residents in addition to their RHCA membership. An appropriate ceremony will be scheduled when the refurbishing is complete, the sign is finished and the flag is in hand.

Park Monopole Proposed

The Park Authority is considering a proposal for construction of a monopole in Lee District Park to serve cellular telephones. One site involves an 80-foot pole on the hill at the intersection of Rose Hill Drive and Telegraph Road. A second proposal would place a 120-foot pole near the recreation Center. RHCA has asked the Park Authority to bring any proposal forward to area citizens for public comment prior to proceeding with construction. RHCA also has advised the Park Authority that a monopole does not appear on the adopted master plan for Lee District Park. A master plan adopted after public hearings guides development and usage for each Fairfax County park.

Odds and Ends

  • If you had been at the February RHCA meeting, you would have learned that the Route #1 interchange portion of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge projects will cost MORE than the total new Springfield Interchange. Environmental mitigation, right of way, plus an intricate series of ramps and bridges help boost the cost. And, the entire project for the new bridge is 71/2 miles long! Unfortunately, a new or improved Van Dorn Interchange is not included in either the Springfield or bridge projects.
  • Do not miss this month's meeting to hear Principal Luther Fenner of Edison High School and learn how our local high school has earned national recognition.
  • In April, we are scheduled to hear about Inova's new Healthplex facility on the Franconia side of the tracks on the Parkway.
  • If you are interested in our local representative's reports on the recent Virginia General Assembly meeting, go to, RHCA's web site, and click on correspondence. There you will find reports from Senator Jay O'Brien of the 39th Senate District and Delegate Tom Bolvin of the 43rd House District. If you are not on the web, give me a call at 703-971-4716 and I will mail you a copy of either or both.
  • The completion date for the South Van Dorn Street extension from Kingstowne to Telegraph Road has been pushed back until late summer. The nasty winter weather is the culprit! The road is being built by the developer of Kingstowne as one of the conditions tied to the original rezoning.
  • Finally, we have heard nothing new about the proposed development of a portion of the Highland Park pool site or Rose Hill Park Section III.


Edison Principal Guest Speaker at RHCA Meeting on Tuesday

Luther W. Fennell, principal at Edison High School, will be the guest speaker at the Rose Hill Civic Association's monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at John Marshall Library. The program begins at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to all residents of Rose Hill.

Mr. Fenner has been the principal at Edison since 1992. During that time, Edison has gained national recognition for its innovative programs. And, although Edison is Fairfax County's smallest school in terms of enrollment, its students have achieved the highest rate of improvement county wide in Virginia's Standard of Learning tests that began in 1998. Much of the improvement is due to Mr. Fenner's encouragement and enthusiasm.

The Washington Post recognized Mr. Fenner with its Agnes Meyer Award as principal of the year for the Washington Metropolitan Area for the 2000-2001 school year. He had been similarly honored at 10 years earlier at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Md., and is the only principal to have earned the award in both Maryland and Virginia.

Last December, Mr. Fenner was honored at the Lee District Association of Civic Organizations annual banquet. He received the Association's Distinguished Public Service Leadership Award. He was nominated by the Rose Hill Civic Association.

Do not miss this chance to learn about the excellent programs and innovation educational opportunities at our local high school. After you hear him speak, you will understand why the students at Edison are so highly motivated to be successful. Our local high school is in extremely good hands and we want you to hear all about it.

The program was suggested an arranged by Terrie Dacales, our vice president who was a highly respected teacher in several nearby elementary schools.

Carl Sell


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Last Call to Join RHCA For 2003 -- Please Sign Up Today

If you wish to join your neighbors in helping make our community even better, please fill out the membership form below and mail it, along with your check, to RHCA, P.O. 10891, Franconia, VA 22310. Please note that in addition to the $10 annual dues, we are asking for contributions to help maintain the landscaping at the community entrance sign at Franconia Road and Rose Hill Drive. Also, RHCA plans to replace the flagpole and marker on the hill at Lee District Park overlooking Telegraph Road and Rose Hill Drive. Both have fallen in disrepair since being donated by RHCA more than 25 years ago. Your help will be greatly appreciated. If you have an e-mail address, please include it on the form. It will be used to inform you of RHCA meetings, community events and emergencies and will NOT be given to any outside person or group.

If your name is misspelled or any of the information is incorrect in the Rose Hill Directory, please call one of the officers and we will correct it.

Carl Sell

RHCA Positions Available
(Volunteer, of course!)

Rambler Distributors

Person needed to pick up The Rambler from editor, have it printed (at Mail Boxes, Etc. in Kingstowne) and distribute copies to each route. Involves counting newsletters for the routes and separating into bags. This person also will be responsible for maintaining the roster of volunteers who deliver The Rambler. (All the mutes are presently covered and we have several standby substitutes.)

Commitment is about 3-4 hours over the Thursday-Saturday before the 4th Tuesday of each month that The Rambler is printed (September-November, January-June).

In addition, we are looking for someone to sell ads for The Rambler in order to help offset the costs of production.

Since Marty Williams has started as our new editor, she is looking for someone to take her delivery route of The Rambler. Delivery takes place the weekend before the 4th Tuesday of the month.

If you can help, please give Carl Sell a call at 703-971-4716.

Rose Hill Photo Gallery

Finding myself with an extra page to fill, I decided to pull some of the photos Jim Sapp has received from residents and placed on our website, If you have photos to add to the photo gallery, please send them along to Jim at

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August 1954  Photo taken from the corner of 6316 Rose Hill Drive showing the intersection on Apple Tree Drive and Rose Hill Drive looking toward Telegraph Road. (Photo courtesy Twila Noble)

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August 1954  Photo taken from the carport on 6316 Rose Hill Drive looking North toward Franconia Road. The farm house, partially visible in the background, is located along Franconia Road.  The fence line is along the driveway to May's farm house.   Portions of this original driveway are now May Boulevard. (Photo courtesy Twila Noble)

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October 5, 1961. Grand opening of the Rose Hill Shopping Center. Rose Hill Hardware can be seen in the background. Fairfax County Supervisor, William H. Moss prepares to cut the ribbon. Ms. Pat Shankle, 2301 Rose Hill Drive, is the official Miss Rose Hill Shopping Center. (Photo courtesy Twila Noble)

More Rose Hill Photo Gallery


The Fairfax County Home Grown Farmers' Markets Program is opening their newest market at the Plaza at Kingstowne Towne Center in May.


The next Rambler deadline is April 6, 2003.
The next delivery weekend is April 19-20, 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 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 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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