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Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
March 2006

President’s Message

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.

Development Update

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.

Blight Update

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.

—Carl Sell

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.

Marty Williams

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