Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
Revised Lee District Park Plan To Be Discussed on March 28
On Wednesday, March 15, the Fairfax County Park Authority staff outlined its revised master plan for Lee District Park at a public meeting at Mark Twain Middle School. That same day, the Rose Hill Civic Association received a reply to its letter of December 7, 2005.
The revised plan, RHCA’s letter, and the reply will be available at the Rose Hill Civic Association meeting on Tuesday, March 28, at 7pm in the community room of the John Marshall Library. It should be noted that the revised plan is more intense than what originally proposed and was the subject of the RHCA letter.
The new plan proposes three lighted baseball/softball fields and three lighted separate rectangular fields suitable for football, softball, and other sports. The previous plan called for multi-use fields with baseball/softball being overlaid on football/soccer fields. There were fewer fields and fewer lights.
As you may recall, RHCA’s concerns about the previous plan centered around glare from the lights and traffic through our community. The answer was to light more fields and advise us that traffic should not be a problem. The Department of Recreation and Community Ser-vices advised the Park Authority that its information indicates only 25 cars per field per hour. By their count, we can expect 150 more cars per hour when the fields are in use.
RHCA respectfully disputes those figures, particularly for tournaments and other special events. On the one hand, we are trying to reduce traffic and speeding in Rose Hill. On the other, it appears the new park plan will add more traffic.
The Park staff reports that technology has lessened the likelihood that glare will be a problem for neighboring properties. We’d like to know more about such a large concentration of lights in a small area.
The new plan proposes rest room facilities in the family recreation area near the intersection of Rose Hill Drive and Telegraph Road. We wholeheartedly support that addition. The new plan also improves the trail system in the park and pledges the Park Authority to work with the County and State to upgrade access to the park. RHCA proposed just such as system in its December letter.
It should be noted that the Park Authority ultimately will have to gain a favorable ruling from the Planning Commission that the new master plan meets the location, character, and extent criteria of the comprehensive plan. At this point, I believe the proposal fails in that it changes the character of Lee District Park from a district park to a county-wide facility and the extended uses are more intense than the plan envisions. Lee District Park can only be reached by driving through a community and those communities should not be overburdened with traffic.
Finally, redevelopment of the park will be contingent on the sale of future park bonds, state or federal funds, contributions, or a combination of all of them. At this point, no funding program is contemplated. Park bond funds are repaid by the County through its annual budget.
Come to the March 28 RHCA meeting to learn more about this proposal and help develop the RHCA response.
Election of Officers
According to our Bylaws, there will be an election of officers at our March 28 meeting. We’re always looking for people who will step up and work for our organization. I have said repeatedly that I will be glad to relinquish the presidency to anyone willing to put the time and effort into helping keep Rose Hill a great community. I’ll be glad to help that person so that a transition goes smoothly. New ideas are the life’s blood of any organization. Of course, there are some things worth continuing and I’ll help in those areas. Maybe someone would like to step up to assume the vice presidency and then move up to the presidency in 2007. However, if I am to continue, it is contingent on Treasurer Carolyn Slenska once again serving in that office and Marty Williams remaining as editor of The Rambler. And, Jim Sapp continues to handle our outstanding website from his undisclosed location in the mountains of Colorado. They are our unsung heroes. In any event, I encourage you to become involved in the week-to-week operation of RHCA. Please come to the meeting and volunteer your services. You really can make a difference in your community and your County.
Final Call for 2006 Members
If you don’t see your name listed in this month’s RHCA membership roster, please fill out the form on Page 4 of this issue or from the web at MyRoseHill.com and mail it to PO Box, 10891, Franconia, VA 22310. March ends the first quarter of the year and also marks the end of our yearly membership campaign. We don’t knock on your door or bother you on the phone. We greatly appreciate your support of our community. RHCA, through the strength of its members, helps keep this a great community in which to live. We have an active association, a highly effective Neighborhood Watch, and a number of programs designed to respond to problems and help the County enforce its rules. Your membership pays the cost of printing The Rambler, supports the Rose Hill Beauty program, and several worthwhile community and area charities. Most of all, it gives us a voice in decisions affecting our community. Membership is great, but we also would appreciate your involvement at our meetings. RHCA meets the fourth Tuesday of each month except July, August, and December at 7pm at the John Marshall Library. Come and meet your neighbors.
More Rose Hill Originals
Alice and Edward Holloman moved from a rental house in Huntington to their dream home at 4515 Sturbridge Place on January 1, 1955. They are still there, enjoying living in our great community. Read their story on Page 6. George and Doris Krapf moved into 6322 Rose Hill Drive on January 15, 1955. They came from DC and George worked for the US Department of Labor. George still lives in the same house. Tom & Bev Eppolito moved into 6217 Driftwood Drive in June of 1956. Tom worked at Defense Mapping and Bev at Fort Belvoir. They raised four children and Bev still lives in the same house. Ray Stone and her husband, Harris, moved here from Arizona in October 1956, settling in at 4528 Roundhill Road. Harris kept track of all the US Navy ships. Ray still lives on Roundhill Road. Raymond and Evelyn Market moved to 4608 Mayor Place in October of 1959 into what was a model home. Evelyn worked in Old Town Alexandria, and the first few times going to work and back, she wondered why in the world they moved out to the country.
Time is running out for you to let us know if you, or a neighbor, are a Rose Hill Original. We’d like to publish the total list in April and then begin the process of ordering a plaque for display. We hope to place it at the base of the Rose Hill sign in front of the library. So let us know about anyone we can add to the list.
Wale Ayodeji, the County’s Chief Geotechnical Engineer, reports that the site plan and soils report for Rose Hill Reserve have been sent back to the owner’s engineers for more information and calculations needed in order to prove their conclusion that the property can safely be developed. This action came after a site visit on February 23 by Mr. Ayodeji and his staff, members of the Geotechnical Review Board, myself, and Jeff McKay from Supervisor Kauffman’s office. The site visit gave us a chance to show the County and the Board members specific areas of concern which include development near steep slopes and water runoff. Hopefully, the one area of concern about the width of the buffer near a house on Carriage Drive has been resolved by down-sizing a cul de sac as part of the new develop-ment. The County geotechnical review folks are going the extra mile to make sure RHCA’s questions are answered and the adjacent property owners are protected.
One other note: it appears we will soon be dealing with a development proposal for the property on the hillside between Driftwood Drive and Telegraph Road and bordered by the homes on the north side of Climbhill Road. Residents report drilling rigs have been busy on the site, a sure indication that development is planned. The property is zoned R-3, the same as the rest of Rose Hill, and has marine clay deposits. This may involve by-right development under the existing zoning. However, RHCA will insist that the rules involving development on marine clay are strictly enforced. As always, our goal is to make sure adjacent properties, and the potential new neighbors, are protected.
It’s the Law!
Rose Hill residents are reminded of several county laws that are designed to help us keep our community looking good. And, we are serving notice that RHCA will insist those laws be enforced by the County. They involve trash piles in the yard, abandoned, unlicensed, or inoperable cars on private property that are visible from any adjoining property, parking on the grass strip between the sidewalk and street on Rose Hill Drive, and cleaning up after you dog. The latter is of particular concern because of the potential health problems. If you walk your dog, clean up after any deposits they leave along the way. I do, and you can, too! And, although it’s not against the law, please be considerate of what your neighbors have to look at and pick up those pesky, free newspapers. When they sit and accumulate, not only do they rot, but they make your home look vacant and appealing to would-be thieves.
As the days get longer, more children are going to be playing outside. Parents are reminded to caution them from playing in the street and to look both ways before crossing the street. Drivers are reminded to keep a keen eye out for our community ’dears,’ paying particular attention to the spaces between parked cars. RHCA is working with the County in an effort to slow down the traffic that passes through our community.
Thanks to strong action by the Health Department, the house at 4612 Roundhill Road has a new roof! Also, the Blight Abatement people report they have seen signed contracts for the installation of new windows and other maintenance items. RHCA will continue to monitor the property (with the help of the neighbors) and report any delays in promised work or other problems. And, believe it or not, a landscape company recently showed up to cut the grass and clean up the outside. We hope this wasn’t a one-time effort. It took a long time and a visit from the sheriff to get some action from the absentee owner. Thanks to the Health Department, we hopefully are on the road to getting this property back to the point where it doesn’t embarrass those who live nearby. Just shows how effective a community organization can be when it unites behind a problem.
RHCA 2006 Members as of March 13, 2006
Nouri & Suham Abbou, 6115 Rose Hill Drive
Susan & Brent Kroetch, 4700 Flower Lane
Nida & Jerry Antonio, 6406 May Boulevard
Millie Lane, 6410 May Boulevard
Betty Balch, 6400 Hayfield Place
John & Patricia Lawrence, 6330 Maryview Street
Frank & Rayma Bale, 6315 Willowood Lane
Steve & June Lefler, 6424 Carriage Drive
Jo Ann Barney, 5000 Tree Top Lane
Ronald & Katherine Lender, 6406 Rose Hill Drive
Margie Beach, 4429 Roundhill Road
Edward & Anna Lewis, 6117 Leewood Drive
Connie Beatty, 6428 Rose Hill Drive
John & Jackie Lewis, 6206 Thornwood Drive
Shirley & Bill Bennington, 6405 May Boulevard
Eloise & Randy Lewis, 4501 Bee Street
Philip & Carol Bishop, 6310 Climbhill Road
Charles Long, 4602 Apple Tree Drive
Ann Borchevsky, 4511 Bee Street
Charles Lutman, 6309 Willowood Lane
Jeannetta Bottomley, 5003 Eastchester Circle
E. Lynch-Upchurch, 4701 Flower Lane
Judith & Thomas Bowles, 6510 Haystack Road
Well & Anna Machmer, 6200 Willowood Drive
Bill Braswell, 6307 Climbhill Road
Leahsa McCaw & Richard Sandoval, 6402 Rye Court
Gary Bravy, 6214 Climbhill Road
Ken & Mary Mann, 6107 Leewood Drive
P.G. Bauserman, 4531 Roundhill Road
M.C. Mayo, 6122 Leewood Drive
Sandra Benarick, 6270 Rose Hill Drive
Frank & Marge McConnell, 6220 Thornwood Drive
Woody & Tammie Betts, 6306 Saddle Tree Drive
Madge McKay, 6402 Wayside Place
Bob Brown, 4526 Apple Tree Drive
Dolores McKinney, 6303 Cottonwood Drive
Mark & Lorraine Broxterman, 6424 Haystack Road
Susan & George McKittrick, 6113 Clovergrass Drive
Kimberly Bush, 4612 Cottonwood Place
Nancy McMinn, 4804 Apple Tree Drive
Pearl Butler, 6401 Cottonwood Drive
Raymond & Evelyn Market, 4608 Mayor Place
Tracy Campbell, 6402 Cottonwood Drive
Melvin Market, 6211 Redwood Lane
Jason & Maureen Cardone, 6418 Willowood Lane
Obdulia Mason, 6311 Saddle Tree Drive
Raul & Kelly Castillo, 6413 Willowood Lane
Marnie Messinger, 6603 Cottonwood Drive
Bev & Norm Cherkis, 6300 Saddle Tree Drive
Mimi & Charles Minarik, 6518 Telegraph Road
Beatrice & Robert Christensen, 6500 Carriage Drive
Edna Mitchell, 6305 May Boulevard
Roger & Carol Christiansen, 6409 Maryview Street
Harold & Lavera Murray, 5003 Tree Top Lane
Bob Ciccotelli, 6511 Haystack Road
Jean Neidermeyer, 6500 Haystack Road
Sally Coler, 6401 Hayfield Place
But & Mien Nguyen, 6512 Rose Hill Drive
Shirley Mae Collins, 6103 Leewood Drive
David & Linda Nichols, 6416 Rose Hill Drive
Sam Covington, 6302 Saddle Tree Drive
Teal Norris & Fred Obermeyer, 6012 Leewood Drive
Jane & Margo Cunniffe, 4609 Mayor Place
Thakor Patel, 6401 Maryview Street
Virginia Dahlgren, 6611 Cottonwood Drive
Stella & Anthony Peters, 4610 Mayor Place
Bill & Sally Dankers, 6511 Carriage Drive
Larry & Lucy Pettit, 6501 Carriage Drive
E & K Davidson, 4607 Roundhill Road
Charles & Jeska Pfefferle, 6503 Haystack Road
Barbara Digman, 6217 Blossom Lane
Robert & Ginny Pinkham, 6514 Carriage Drive
Robin & David Dodson, 6400 Wayside Place
Roy & Susan Poff, 6328 Maryview Street
Harry Dodson, 6319 May Boulevard
Jo Ann Ponce, 6203 Willowood Lane
Brian & Mary Ellen Duy, 6309 Climbhill Road
Louise Prystaloski, 4910 Silo Road
Beverly Eppolito, 6217 Driftwood Drive
Gopal & Krishna Ray, 6412 Willowood Lane
Stien Van Egmond, 6508 Cottonwood Drive
Monica & Alan Reed, 6422 Rose Hill Drive
Dawit Eyob/Kongit Eyassu, 6206 Redwood Lane
Adam & Rita Rice, 6431 Carriage Drive
Susan Feagley, 4705 Split Rock Road
Jim & Nancy Richey, 4402 Roundhill Road
Thomas J. Felleisen, 6406 Hayfield Place
James Ridgell, 6513 Cottonwood Drive
Rosemarie & Michael Field, 4426 Roundhill Road
David & Nancy Ridgway, 4609 Cottonwood Place
Anna Fish, 6301 Cottonwood Drive
Eric & Deborah Rumph, 6409 May Boulevard
Helen Flahive, 6416 Cottonwood Drive
E. Wayne Ryan, 6518 Haystack Road
Trigg & Beverly Flannagan, 6514 Haystack Road
Frank Schoenle, 6302 Climbhill Road
Larry & Constance Fulk, 6410 Cottonwood Drive
Carl & Marti Sell, 6601 Cottonwood Drive
Kae Furneisen, 4912 Tree Top Lane
Cragin & Kay Shelton, 4403 Roundhill Road
Ed & Shirley Gailliot, 4801 Apple Tree Drive
James & Marie Sherfey, 6415 Rose Hill Drive
William & Christina Gerke, 4905 Apple Tree Drive
Diana & Marty Shupack, 6419 Haystack Road
Chris & Susie Guinto, 6515 Haystack Road
Burton & Debbie Slack, 4803 Apple Tree Drive
Joseph Finnegan, 6409 Hayfield Place
Michael Smith & Ratri Friend, 6111 Leewood Drive
Joe & Lorraine Hatcher, 6102 Leewood Drive
Mark & Dottie Snyder, 6322 Maryview Street
Elmer & Alice Haupt, 6208 Thornwood Drive
Don & Nita Stallings, 6407 Willowood Lane
Lucio Herrera, 4525 Apple Tree Drive
William Stemple, 6306 Cottonwood Drive
Linda Hestvik, 4515 Sturbridge Place
Fred, Nancy & Steve Stinnette, 4520 Apple Tree Drive
Fredy & Maxine Heyer, 4704 Flower Lane
Ray M. Stone, 4528 Roundhill Road
Douglas Hoey, 6208 Redwood Lane
Terence Stone, 4522 Apple Tree Drive
Don & Lynn Hoffman, 5002 Tree Top Lane
C. & D. Szamborski, 4615 Winston Place
Alica & Edward Holloman, 4518 Sturbridge Place
Jean Thomson, 6302 Cottonwood Drive
Emilie Hood, 5012 Tree Top Lane
Rex & Linda Taylor, 6505 Haystack Road
Kevin & Kelli Hoover, 6314 Saddle Tree Drive
Nina Tisara, 6408 Hayfield Place
James & Susie Hudson, 6413 Maryview Street
Paul Turner, 4414 Roundhill Road
Yancy & Patricia Hull, 6113 Leewood Drive
M&H Varney, 4520 Roundhill Road
John & Erika Good, 4604 Roundhill Road
Derek & Angie Vereen, 6222 Thornwood Drive
Clifford & Barbara James, 6412 May Boulevard
Wanda & Tom Violette, 6408 May Boulevard
Frank Jencks, 6416 Willowood Lane
Gerardo &Virginia Villareal, 6301 Climbhill Road
Helen Johnson, 4517 Apple Tree Drive
Connie Vincenzes, 6610 Cottonwood Drive
Cynthia Johnson-Cavey, 5009 Eastchester Circle
Macy Watts, 6008 Leewood Drive
Marvin & Frances Justice, 6402 Rose Hill Drive
Fran Watts, 6508 Haystack Road
Jim & Lynda Kandul, 6218 Blossom Lane
Don & Nina Weber, 6120 Dew Grass Drive
Jack & Terry Kannofsky, 6512 Carriage Drive
Linda & Lauck Walton, 4900 Silo Road
Edwin & Lylian Kesler, 4405 Roundhill Road
Jonathan & Janelle Welch, 4516 Sturbridge Place
Audrey Kick, 4517 Sturbridge Place
Louise Westgate, 6708 Greendale Road
Yong S. Kim, 6211 Thornwood Drive
Karen Wheeless, 6709 Greendale Road
Yun Soo Kim, 6205 Thornwood Drive
Alice Wilder & Thomas Mangum, 6413 Rose Hill Drive
Ollie King, 4512 Lark Lane
Dwight & Marty Williams, 6509 Cottonwood Drive
Bob & Beth Kohm, 6429 Carriage Drive
Jeffrey Williams, 6121 Dew Grass Drive
George Krapf, 6322 Rose Hill Drive
Pam & Jon Yereb, 4617 Winston Place
Donald Krause, 6300 Rose Hill Drive
Elisa Rolon-Zurita, 6503 Rose Hill Drive
Edison Pyramid Art Show
The Art Teachers of the Edison Pyramid Schools would like to invite you to join us in celebrating Youth Art Month by attending the Edison Pyramid Art Exhibit. Participating schools include Edison High School, Mark Twain Middle School, and the following Elementary Schools: Bush Hill, Rose Hill, Clermont, Cameron, Franconia, and Mt. Eagle. The exhibit dates are March 7 through April 23 at the Franconia Governmental Center, 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310, 703.971.6262.
Rose Hill Originals
We lived in Huntington in a duplex rental home in 1954. One of our neighbors told us that a housing development was being constructed off Franconia Road, so we took a ride up that way and found that two houses had been constructed—one was a model and the other was being used for the office. We were so please to find that $25 would get us on the list that day and be used as a portion of the settlement fees. We were taken for a Jeep ride down a really bumpy country road to see the spot we had chosen on their map.
They had extra options to choose from. We wanted a corner lot, parquet floors, and a washing machine in the kitchen which added a few hundred dollars to the basic price of $13,500. Thinking back now, that was about the best decision we made. It doesn't seem possible that a house could be bought for such a small amount of money, especially considering prices now. Even cars cost more than that now.
Our house was completed in December 1954, and we moved in January 1, 1955—the 15th family to move into Rose Hill. The shopping center was opened soon after; Rose Hill School and the Library followed. Everything we needed was close by.
We've always appreciated the convenience of living in this area. Our neighbors are great and thoughtful and, needless to say, we've enjoyed being Rose Hill residents.
—Alice and Edward Holloman
Virginia Hills Pool Accepting New Members
The nearby Virginia Hills Swim Club is accepting new members for the 2006 season. The Club’s pool is located on Robinson Drive, just off Dorset, nestled next to Lee District Park, in the Virginia Hills neighborhood.
The Club launched a major renovation campaign in 2004 which saw the pool’s bathhouse completely renovated along with other major improvements on the pool grounds. In 2005, a state-of-the-art enclosed slide was added. Additional improvements for 2006 are in the planning stages. The response has been enthusiastic and the Club has seen an increase of more than 50% in new memberships in the last two years. However, the Club still has plenty of room for new members, either as shareholders or associates. In other words, Virginia Hills has no waiting list! The Club also has a special military associate rate for families assigned to the area for a short time, as well as lower rates for singles.
The Club is proud of its friendly atmosphere and is gaining an excellent local reputation for its preteen/teen social events. Newer amenities include an outdoor “game room,” and a reinvigorated snack bar. The Club offers swim lessons, water aerobics, and sponsors a swim team, the Tidal Wave, in the Northern Virginia Swim League. In 2005, the Tidal Wave won its division and looks forward to a strong 2006 campaign.
The Club would love to have you join! Please call 703.317.5900 for membership information and to leave a message. The pool’s website is www.vahillspool.org.
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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