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Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
March 2005

President’s Message

Fairfax County’s $3 Billion Budget To Be Discussed at March Meeting

A $3 billion budget has been proposed for Fairfax County for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2005. Of that figure, $1.56 billion is earmarked for the school system. A 10˘ reduction, from $1.13 to $1.03, in the tax rate is being proposed to partially offset the more than 23% increase in property values over the past year. You know the old joke…the good news is your house is worth more…the bad news is it is going to cost you!

I will be attending a three-hour budget presentation organized by Supervisor Kauffman prior to the Rose Hill Civic Association’s March 22, 2005, meeting, 7pm at John Marshall Library. A detailed overview of the proposed budget will be available at the meeting. We will collect questions and forward them to the County for answers.

The Association also will discuss what, if any, action it wishes to take concerning the Transport Fee to take effect on April 1. Members of the Association heard a presentation on the fee last month. The answers to questions raised at that meeting are on page 6. The fee will be charged for transport to a medical facility or hospital.

In addition to a tax increase triggered by the increased value of our homes, there are numerous fees that are being proposed, including one for sewer service. We will try to provide information on all of them at the March 22 meeting.

If you would like to learn more about how your tax dollars are spent, please plan to attend our March 22 meeting. If you have specific questions, we will pass them on to Supervisor Kauffman, School Board member Brad Center, or the appropriate county agency. For those with Internet access who would like information on the budget in advance of the meeting, go to fairfaxcounty.gov/dmb/.

Taxes are rather like the weather…everybody talks about them, however few do anything about them. Here is your chance!

Annual Election

In accordance with our bylaws, RHCA will elect officers for 2005 at our March 22 meeting. The winners will take office immediately! If you have an interest in serving your community, please agree to assume a leadership position with RHCA. We particularly are in need of a volunteer for secretary since the position has been vacant for more than a year. Beware to RHCA members. Be sure to attend the March meeting, otherwise, you may be nominated and elected in abstentia!

Barking Dogs, Etc.

A number of residents have complained to RHCA about barking dogs in their neighborhood, so we thought we would educate everyone about the rules governing the keeping of animals in a residential neighborhood. Section 108-5-2 of the Fairfax County Code prohibits "owning, keeping, or harboring an animal or animals which frequently howl, bark, meow, squawk or make such noises as is plainly audible across property boundaries or through partitions common to two (2) or more persons within a building." Residents are reminded that criminal sanctions are a possibility should the property owner not control the animal. Dog owners also are reminded of Fairfax County’s leash and mandatory cleanup of waste laws. As a dog owner, I am careful to respect my neighbors’ property and the community. I trust all the other dog owners will do the same. If not, the consequences can be embarrassing.

Section III Update

The County engineer reports that the developers of Section III have not submitted the expanded soil information necessary for evaluation to determine if a site plan can be approved. The County estimates it will be several months before the information obtained in the testing that occurred in December and January is refined and submitted for review. RHCA will be advised when the information is available and will schedule a presentation by the County engineers for all those in the community who are interested. Again, RHCA’s interest is focused on protecting existing houses and maintenance of an adequate buffer to do so. To review, the zoning for 45 lots has been approved. However, the exact number (it can go down but not up) is dependant on the final engineering and soils report. Because of the presence of marine clay, RHCA has continually focused on safety of both the new and existing houses. Section III is bound by Rose Hill Drive and Cottonwood Drive on the east, Carriage Drive on the south, and May Boulevard and Silo Road on the north.

It is Rose Hill Beauty Time

Residents are reminded that April and early May brings RHCA’s annual ‘Rose Hill Beauty’ competition. Houses and yards that are judged to be well maintained will receive recognition as a ‘Rose Hill Beauty.’ Signs will be erected in the yards of Association members. Every winner will be listed in The Rambler. You can help by either volunteering as a judge or making sure your neighbor’s house is nominated. Give me a call at 703.971.4716 or email me at sellcarl@aol.com with the name and address of any property you think deserves recognition. If you can volunteer a few hours to drive around the community to help with the judging, it would be appreciated. More important, help us make sure we do not miss anyone by nominating the great looking properties on your block. By the way, we will also be keeping an eye out for run-down properties and reporting them to the proper authorities. You can help with that effort also by contacting me concerning problem properties. All information will be confidential and will be passed on to the authorities in the name of the Association, not individual members.

Cancel All I Said

At the February meeting, I passed on the information that Bethesda Naval Hospital still needed items for our service personnel wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. Subsequently, I learned that Bethesda Navy was no longer seeking donations because their warehouse is full. The same situation prevails at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Organizations such as RHCA and numerous individuals have overwhelmed both hospitals with donations in recent months. Thanks to those who responded to our pleas for specific items last November. If the larder runs low at either hospital, we will let you know.

—Carl Sell

Privacy

Internet search engine, Google, has implemented a new feature wherein you can type someone’s telephone number into the search bar and hit enter and then you will be given a map to their house.

If a child, or anyone else for that matter, gives out his/her telephone number, someone can now actually look it up to find out where he/she lives. I tested it by typing my telephone number into the google.com search line. My telephone number came up, and when I clicked on the MapQuest link, it actually mapped out where I live. But you can have your telephone number removed or blocked.

In order to test whether your telephone number is mapped, go to www.google.com. Type your telephone number in the search bar (i.e., 555.555.1212) and hit enter. If you want to block Google from divulging your private information, simply click on the number and it will ask you if you would like to remove it. Removal takes 48 hours. If you are unlisted in the phone book, you might not be in there, but it is a good idea just to check.

—Marty Williams

Last Call for 2005 RHCA Membership!

First, thanks to the 152 households in Rose Hill who already have signed on as members of the Rose Hill Civic Association for 2005. We know there are lots more past members who just have not gotten around to sending in their check and membership form. For your convenience, the form is printed below, but is also available online at MyRoseHill.com.

By the way, we promise not to provide your email address to any outside business, fundraiser, etc. It will only be used to update you about upcoming meetings and other information of interest to Rose Hill residents.

This month marks the end of our membership drive for 2005. Your membership offsets the cost of printing The Rambler, pays for the Rose Hill Beauty signs that will sprout in deserving yards later this Spring, funds the cell phone for Neighborhood Watch and our P.O. Box, and allows RHCA to support various community charities.

Your additional contributions pay for the plantings at our entrance sign at Rose Hill Drive and Franconia Road. This year, we are seeking donations for a beautification project at the John Marshall Library.

We also try to have enough funds on hand to meet any unforeseen needs such as repair of the entrance sign last year.

Please take the time to fill out the membership form and mail it along with your check to RHCA at P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310. We will add your name to the list in next month’s Rambler.

—Carl Sell

2005 RHCA Members as of March 8, 2005 – (152)

Nouri & Suham Abbo 6115Rose Hill Drive Donald Krause 6300 Rose Hill Drive
Tom Ackley 6412 Rose Hill Drive Mildred Lane 6410 May Boulevard
Betty Balch 6400 Hayfield Place John & Patricia Lawrence 6330 Maryview Street
Frank & Rayma Bale 6315 Willowood Lane June & Steve Lefler 6424 Carriage Drive
J. Bauserman 4531 Roundhill Road Ronald & Katherine Lender 6406 Rose Hill Drive
Margie Beach 4429 Roundhill Road J. K. Letsche 6502 Cottonwood Drive
Connie Beatty 6428 Rose Hill Drive Edward & Anna Lewis 6117 Leewood Drive
Shirley Bennington 6405 May Boulevard Eloise & Randy Lewis 4501 Bee Street
Dan & Ingrid Bearth 6417 Rose Hill Drive Jeanne & James Lockwood 6114 Clovergrass Drive
Woody & Tammy Betts 6306 Saddle Tree Drive Charles B. Long 4602 Apple Tree Drive
Donald Bise 4423 Roundhill Road E. Lynch-Upchurch 4701 Flower Lane
Philip & Carol Bishop 6310 Climbhill Road Pete & Lynn Luginbill 6327 Rose Hill Drive
Ann Borchevsky 4511 Bee Street Wellington & Anna Machmer 6200 Willowood Lane
Jeannette Bottomley 5003 Eastchester Circle John & Jane Madaris 4422 Roundhill Road
Karen & Kent Boutilier 4408 Roundhill Road K. & M. Mann 6107 Leewood Drive
Bill Braswell 6307 Climbhill Road Raymond & Evelyn Market 4608 Mayor Place
Gary Bravy 6214 Climbhill Road Robert & Ann Marshall 4421 Roundhill Road
Bob Brown 4526 Apple Tree Drive Melvin Martin 6211 Redwood Lane
Mark Broxterman 6424 Haystack Road Obdulia Mason 6311 Saddle Tree Drive
Pearl Butler 6401 Cottonwood Drive Mary Mayo 6122 Leewood Drive
Walter Calhoun 4523 Apple Tree Drive Chris & Melissa McCay & Gary Anderson 6410 Willowood Lane
Tracy Campbell 6402 Cottonwood Drive Frank & Marge McConnell 6220 Thornwood Drive
Maureen & Jason Cardone 6418 Willowood Lane Madge McKay 6402 Wayside Place
Ralph & Altha Carrico 6112 Leewood Drive George & Susan McKittrick 6113 Clovergrass Drive
John & Penny Cashmire 4907 Silo Road Lou & Marnie Messinger 6603 Cottonwood Drive
Raul & Kelly Castillo 6413 Willowood Lane Harold Murray 5003 Treetop Lane
Bev & Norm Cherkis 6300 Saddle Tree Drive Jeannette Neidermeyer 6500 Haystack Road
Roger & Carol Christiansen 6409 Maryview Street But The Nguyen 6512 Rose Hill Drive
Beatrice Christensen 6500 Carriage Drive Dave & Linda Nichols 6416 Rose Hill Drive
Robert Ciccotelli 6511 Haystack Road Cloteal Norris 6012 Leewood Drive
Lois Corbin 6221 Blossom Lane Jose & Maria Perla 5002 Greenhaven Place
Craig & Carol Contardi 6517 Haystack Road Lucy & Larry Pettit 6501 Carriage Drive
Sam Covington 6302 Saddle Tree Drive Charles & Jeska Pfefferle 6503 Haystack Road
Virginia Dalghren 6611 Cottonwood Drive Brenda & Stephen Phillips 6408 Maryview Street
E. & K. Davidson 4607 Roundhill Road Robert & Ginny Pinkham 6514 Carriage Drive
Robin & David Dodson 6400 Wayside Place C. Roy & Susan B. Poff 6328 Maryview Street
Harry Dodson 6319 May Boulevard Jo Ann Ponce 6203 Willowood Lane
Steve & Holly Dougherty 4522 Roundhill Road Louise Prystaloski 4910 Silo Road
Myrna Downey 6516 Telegraph Road Anna Pulman 6510 Haystack Road
Dennis Dzierzawski 6210 Thornwood Drive Nick & Vivian Rashidi 6506 Rose Hill Drive
John & Betty Elliott 6411 Maryview Street Gopal & Krishna Ray 6412 Willowood Lane
Michael & Bernice Evans 6411 Willowood Lane Monica & Alan Reed 6422 Rose Hill Drive
Tom Felleisen 6406 Hayfield Place Adam & Rita Rice 6431 Carriage Drive
Rosie & Mike Field 4426 Roundhill Road James & Nancy Richey 4402 Roundhill Road
Joseph Finnegan 6409 Hayfield Place James Ridgell 6513 Cottonwood Drive
Anna Fish 6301 Cottonwood Drive David Ridgway 4609 Cottonwood Place
Trigg & Beverly Flannagan 6514 Haystack Road Carl & Marti Sell 6601 Cottonwood Drive
Helen Flahive 6416 Cottonwood Drive James & Marie Sherfey 6415 Rose Hill Drive
Jane & Larry Fowler 6320 Maryview Street Diana & Marty Shupack 6419 Haystack Road
Gordon & Cheryl Flockhart 6223 Driftwood Drive Michael Smith & Ratri Friend 6111 Leewood Drive
Barry & Zoe-Ann Freitag 6303 May Boulevard Willard Smith 6004 Leewood Drive
Larry & Connie Fulk 6410 Cottonwood Drive Mark & Dottie Snyder 6322 Maryview Street
Kae Furneisen 4912 Treetop Lane Donald Stallings 6407 Willowood Lane
Dorothy Furr 6412 Cottonwood Drive Jean & Bill Stemple 6306 Cottonwood Drive
Ed & Shirley Gailliot 4801 Apple Tree Drive Fred & Mary Stinnette 4520 Apple Tree Drive
Adam & Kate Gillespie 6507 Haystack Road Terry Stone 4522 Apple Tree Drive
John & Erica Good 4604 Roundhill Road Tom Strah 6421 Rose Hill Drive
Blanche Goulet 6313 Saddle Tree Drive Don & Tinker Szamborski 4615 Winston Place
Chris & Susie Guinto 6515 Haystack Road Alberta Taylor 6308 Cottonwood Drive
Helen Hass 6304 Cottonwood Drive Barbara Taylor 4433 Roundhill Road
Alice and Elmer Haupt 6208 Thornwood Drive Rex & Linda Taylor 6505 Haystack Road
Lucio Herrara 4525 Apple Tree Drive Jean Thomson 6302 Cottonwood Drive
Linda Hestvik 4515 Sturbridge Place Stein Van Egmond 6508 Cottonwood Drive
Fredy & Maxine Heyer 4704 Flower Lane Monroe & Helena Varney 4520 Roundhill Road
Thomas & Sharon Holliday 6613 Cottonwood Drive Connie Vincenzes 6610 Cottonwood Drive
Alice & Edward Holloman 4518 Sturbridge Place Enid Wagstrom & Ronda Edwards 5004 Eastchester Cir.
Emilie Hood 5012 Treetop Lane Helen Wangness 4704 Apple Tree Drive
James & Susie Hudson 6413 Maryview Street Macy Watts 6008 Leewood Drive
Tri Huynh 6423 Carriage Drive Fran Watts 6508 Haystack Road
Barbara & Clifford James 6412 May Boulevard Don & Nina Weber 6120 Dew Grass Drive
Helen Johnson 4517 Apple Tree Drive Karen Wheeless 6709 Greendale Road
M. & F. Justice 6402 Rose Hill Drive Jeff & Katie Whitney 6705 Greendale Road
Jim & Lynda Kandul 6218 Blossom Lane Alice Wilder & Thomas Mangum 6413 Rose Hill Drive
Audrey Kick 4517 Sturbridge Place Marty & Dwight Williams 6509 Cottonwood Drive
Yong Sung Kim 6211 Thornwood Drive Jeffrey Williams 6121 Dew Grass Court
George E. Krapf 6322 Rose Hill Drive Charley Worley 4513 Roundhill Road

Two Reports Provided by MPO Greg Kottemann, Crime Prevention Officer, Mount Vernon District Station, Fairfax County Police Department

Internet Scam

This was a scam, not spam!

An Alexandria area man was defrauded of $6,300. In December of 2004, a 41-year-old man met a woman from Nigeria through an online dating service. He sent her $500 by Western Union in early January of 2005 when she said she needed money due to an illness. The woman then sent him a United States Postal Money Order for $6,300 and asked him to cash it at his bank before sending the money to three different people in Lagos, Nigeria. The victim followed her instructions and sent the money to Nigeria. The man then received notice from his bank that the money order was counterfeit and his bank account was debited the full amount. This is the first known case of United States Postal Money Order fraud in Fairfax County.

For additional information and resources on fraudulent money orders, call the Money Order Fraud Hotline at 800.372.8347, or visit www.usps.com/postalinspectors.

Update

After the victim cashed the first money order, the Nigerian internet acquaintance sent him nine more and asked him to wire the funds to Nigeria. However, the victim became suspicious and was also informed that the original money order was counterfeit.

This is not the first case of money order fraud in Fairfax County.

Exposure

The following should remind all of us to keep our eyes on the children as they walk to Rose Hill School!

A man exposed himself to three elementary school students as they walked to school. On March 7, around 8:30am, three girls, 10-, 11-, and 12-years-old, were walking to White Oaks Elementary School when they passed a man in his vehicle. The vehicle was stopped at the intersection of Cordwood Court and Shiplett Boulevard. The man called to the students and then exposed himself to the 12-year-old girl. The students continued on to school where they reported the incident to school officials, who then summoned police. Police are investigating a suspicious incident that occurred on January 28, where a man fitting the same description as the March 7 incident, called to students walking to White Oaks Elementary School.

In both incidents the man was described as white with short brown or dirty blond hair, and driving a silver SUV. In the January 28 incident, the man was wearing a brown sweater and in the March 7 incident, he was wearing blue jeans.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Fairfax County Police at 70.691.2131 or Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 1.866.411.TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous.

Please—We Need Help!!

Our webmaster, Jim Sapp, and his wife have moved to Colorado. We need someone in the community with web experience to step up and take his place.

We have a new Rambler volunteer delivery person, but we are still in need of a Rambler Distributor. The job entails picking up The Rambler copies from The UPS Store in Kingstowne, dividing them up for the individual delivery people, and getting those packages to their houses by Saturday morning, the weekend before the monthly meeting. Can you spare three hours a month?

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 are looking to step down from their Association positions. We are looking for a new president and vice president to come forward at the March meeting when the annual election takes place.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Marty Williams (703.924.7192) or Carl Sell (703.971.4716).

Answers to Questions Regarding Transport Billing Raised at the February RHCA Meeting

How did the County determined what fees to charge for EMS Transport Billing?

Rate structures throughout the state and country were reviewed. The rate schedule below is recommended based on a consideration of representative rates and in conjunction with the Panel’s recommendation to ensure maximum cost recovery while minimizing out-of-pocket costs for residents. The structure allows for appropriate recovery based on the level of care required and is consistent with ambulance transport billing practices.

Type of Service Recommended Rate
Basic Life Support (BLS) Transport $300.00
Advanced Life Support (ALS) Level 1 Transport $400.00
Advanced Life Support (ALS) Level 2 Transport* $550.00
Mileage (per loaded mile)** $7.50

*ALS-2 transports account for less than 4% of all ALS transports.
**Mileage from patient pick-up to hospital.

Approximately, how much will the County generate on EMS Billing Funds?

Based on this fee schedule, staff conservatively estimates that the potential net revenue stream will approximate $310,000 in the first year of implementation, since no revenues are expected to be received before April 2005. Once the program is fully operational, annual net revenues are estimated to approach $5 to $7 million.

What is the fee for EMS Transport for the City of Alexandria and Arlington County?

Service Type Medicare CMS Base Alexandria, VA Arlington County, VA
BLS $157.52 $200.00* $225.00**
ALS1 $189.02 $200.00* $225.00**
ALS2 $433.18 $200.00* $225.00**
Mileage $5.00 $7.50 $5.75

*Charge $250.00 for non-residents. All ambulances are ALS.
**Charge $300.00 for non-residents.

How much does the Fairfax Hospital Helicopter and the Fairfax County Police charge for Medical evacuation transport?

Currently, there is no charge for the Fairfax County Police transport. Inova does charge for transports but further research needs to be done to find out what the charges are.

In the event I am transported to the Springfield Healthplex via ambulance and require further transportation to a specialized medical facility such as Inova Fairfax or Inova Alexandria, will I be charged for twice, or once?

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue only provides emergency transports. If the patient requires a non-emergency transport to another facility that will be handled by a private ambulance service and a second bill may result.

Join Us for Basket Bingo Featuring Filled Longaberger® Baskets!

The Rose Hill Elementary School PTA is hosting a Basket Bingo fundraiser to support curriculum and professional development. Join us in the RHES school cafeteria on Friday, April 8th. Doors open at 6:30pm, and games begin at 7:30pm. Only 250 tickets are available!! We’ll have 15 regular games, 3 "special" games, 3 raffles, and many door prizes. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door (if available). For tickets and information, call 703.971.8929.

Rose Hill 50th Anniversary
T-Shirt Half Price Sale
Rose Hill Residents Pay Only $6,
$7 for XXL

At these prices, supplies won’t last long, so hurry and call Linda Nichols at 703.971.0755. They’ll also be on sale at the March RHCA meeting.

The next Rambler deadline is April 15, 2003.
The next delivery weekend is April 23-24.

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.

Marty Williams

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