Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
March 2007

Traffic Calming Petition Needs Your Signature!

Come to our March 27th meeting and sign the traffic-calming petition. The County requires a large number of signatures before it will consider traffic calming measures for our streets. Most people agree speeders are one of our major problems in Rose Hill. Here’s your chance to help do something about them. If you come to the meeting and sign the petition, we won’t have to knock on your door. Signatures are needed for residents on Rose Hill Drive and all its cul de sacs, Cottonwood Drive and all its cul de sacs, Willowood Lane, Saddle Tree Drive, Apple Tree Drive, the lower section of Roundhill Road, Climbhill Road, May Boulevard, Treetop Lane, Bee Street, Maryview Street, Carriage Drive, Haystack Road, Greendale Road, Split Rock Road, Silo Road, Leewood Drive, and Flower Lane. There will be a map available at the meeting of all the streets needing petition signatures.

President’s Message

Rose Hill History Display at Franconia Museum Unveiled

A display depicting the history of Rose Hill will be one of the permanent displays at the Franconia Museum, housed in the Franconia Governmental Center. The display will be unveiled at the March 27th meeting of the Rose Hill Civic Association at 7pm in the community room of the John Marshall Library.

Jim Cox, a native Franconian and member of the Museum Board of Directors, developed the display using information from the Rose Hill website, MyRoseHill.com. Jim also added information and pictures. The display covers the front and back of three large panels. Jim and Phyllis Walker Ford, president of the Franconia Museum’s Board of Directors, will provide RHCA members with information about the museum. Ms. Walker Ford also is involved in the restoration of the Laurel Grove church on Beulah Street that was destroyed by fire last year. Her family originally donated the land for the church.

Items covered on the Rose Hill display include the sign honoring the Rose Hill Originals, the first families to move into our subdivision in the 1950s still here as we celebrated our 50th anniversary. We are hoping to unveil the actual sign at our April meeting.

Senior Safety

Almost 50 members of the Rose Hill community heard a highly informative talk on Senior Safety at our February meeting by Master Police Officer James Nida of the Franconia Police Station. Perhaps the most important message was to always, always call the police if you think you’re in trouble. Call 911 for immediate help or 703.691.2131 to report a crime or suspicious activity. Officer Nida cautioned seniors to keep their doors locked and never open the door unless it’s for someone they will give a hug. He also asked seniors to purchase peepholes for their doors that allow them to see the visitor full length (there may be someone crouching below them). Always be aware of your surroundings when you return home from shopping. If a stranger approaches you, don’t try to run in the house. Stand and shout to attract a neighbor. Better yet, travel in pairs or let your neighbor know when you plan to return so he or she can look out for you. The rest of us can assist our senior neighbors by being aware of their schedules. Check on them daily. And, seniors, please don’t be upset with those of us who keep our eyes on you and your home. It may save your life! We have some handouts from the February meeting that outline the points made by Officer Nida. They will be available at the March meeting.

Remembering Corporal Ramsey

The end of an era was marked on March 2 in Portland, Oregon, with the funeral of Army Corporal Howard V. Ramsey, the last living combat veteran of World War 1. Cpl. Ramsey died on February 22, a little more than one month before reaching his 109th birthday. Ramsey had inherited the title two weeks earlier with the passing of Massachusetts veteran Antonio Pierro on February 8. There are seven known WW1 veterans still living, none of whom were shipped overseas. Ramsey’s lifetime spanned three centuries and 19 presidents. He was born in Rico, Colorado, on April 2, 1898, when the US flag had 45 stars and President McKinley was preparing to declare war with Spain. We can honor Cpl. Ramsey and all of our veterans by displaying the flag here in Rose Hill. RHCA has ordered flag sets for only $8.50 each. Several residents have already ordered them. If you want one, send $8.50 to RHCA at P.O. Box 10891, Franconia, VA 22310. Each set comes with a three-piece steel pole, gold eagle ornament, mounting bracket and fasteners, and a 3 X 5 outdoor flag fully printed on lightweight polyester and finished with white header and brass grommets. The package also includes a flag etiquette booklet. Order yours today and we will deliver the flag sets as soon as they are received.

Neighborhood Deterioration

The General Assembly has passed two bills that will help in our fight to relieve overcrowding in our neighborhood. Delegate Mark Sickles reports he voted in favor of a Senate bill that allows local zoning administrators to see subpoenas from the Commonwealth’s Attorney when landlords are suspected to be in violation of boarding house laws. Also, Delegate Tom Rust and Delegate Sickles sponsored a bi-partisan bill that substantially increases the fines for convictions related to overcrowding of residential buildings. Hopefully, the governor will sign both bills into law. The wheels have turned slowly, but the efforts of RHCA and other associations are beginning to pay off at the local and state levels. Fairfax County has instituted some new rules to combat neighborhood deterioration, usually caused by overcrowding and large numbers of automobiles at one address. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough zoning inspectors to make more than a dent in the problem. RHCA supports additional zoning inspectors with the funds necessary for them to come from added fines.

4612 Roundhill Road Update

We keep going around in circles with the County regarding this eyesore in our community. We had hoped that some new laws that went into effect on January 1 would be helpful. So far, they are not. Zoning Enforcement established a new position to check on buildings that are structurally unsound. After an inspection, 4612 Roundhill was classified as vacant and secure. It was referred back to Blight Abatement. That’s where we came in! We have been working with Blight Abatement for years, trying to get them to declare the property so badly rundown that it needs to either be repaired or demolished. We were trying to get the Health Department to classify the property as uninhabitable. No kidding! As of January 1, the ball was passed back to Zoning Enforcement, which sprang into action and passed it back to Blight Abatement. Zoning enforcement has done some good work in Rose Hill. However, 4612 Roundhill makes everyone look bad. We will continue to push the County staff and the Supervisor’s office to help us get rid of this eyesore. It is going to take some drastic action by RHCA and the neighbors to get the County’s attention. We’re working on a plan.

Bye-Bye On Rock-A-By

Although we aren’t having any luck with 4612 Roundhill Road, it’s a different story on Rock-A-By Road. And it only took two years! On March 11, the Board of Supervisors authorized the demolition of the house on Rock-A-By at the end of Lark Lane that had been almost consumed by a fire two years ago. The owner had not moved to have the structure razed, so the County stepped in. The cost of taking down the structure and securing the site will be paid by the County with a lien against the property to recover the cost. Also to be removed is the remnants of an unprotected swimming pool that had neighbors concerned. The site has become attractive for vandals, both human and animal. Thanks to Richard Ballard of Lark Lane who spearheaded the effort to force the County to take action. He and his five-year-old daughter, Lily ChanChan, testified at the Board hearing. Several other residents of the area also attended to support Ballard in his effort. Thanks to all of them. Ballard reminded the Board that RHCA had voted unanimously at its February meeting to support demolition of this nuisance and eyesore. It probably won’t be too long before we are faced with a plan to develop a number of new houses on Rock-A-By. We’ll keep you informed.

Membership Drive Ends

We’re going to print the membership form for the last time in 2007 below but it will remain on our website, MyRoseHill.com. If your name isn’t listed on the Honor Roll of members on Page 4, please fill out the form and mail it, along with your $10 dues and contribution, to RHCA. We depend on your dues and contributions to pay for the printing of The Rambler and numerous other activities throughout the year. Dues alone don’t cover our costs, so we ask for your contributions to continue our programs. Remember, only RHCA members receive the coveted Rose Hill Beauty signs if their property is selected in the annual program honoring those who go beyond the call to make their homes and yards stand out in the neighborhood.

—Carl Sell

School Employee Arrested

Franconia Road, 4700 Block: A Fairfax County Public School employee was arrested Wednesday, February 28, at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center for allegedly stealing an LCD projector from Mark Twain Middle School, at 4700 Franconia Road in Springfield. The projector was reported stolen on Tuesday, February 20. Through the course of the investigation, it was learned that Alexander John Czajkowski, 39, of 6711 Reynard Drive in Springfield, was a suspect and later charged with grand larceny.

Larcenies: Cottonwood Drive, 6400 Block – License plate stolen from vehicle.

 

 

2005

2006

% Change

Murder*

20

18

(10.0) 

Rape

94

73

(22.3) 

Robbery

483

572

18.4 

Aggravated Assault

378

334

(11.6) 

Burglary

1,344

1,580

17.6 

Larceny

14,451

13,075

(9.5) 

Vehicular Theft

1,604

1,455

(9.2) 

Total

18,374

17,107

(6.9) 

* 2005 - 20 offenses, 22 victims

 

2007 Members as of March 17, 2007

Nouri & Suham Abbou, 6115 Rose Hill Drive

Ana & Charles Kimberly, 6504 Cottonwood Drive

Josephine & Margaret Alston, 6118 Leewood Drive

Susan & Brent Kroetch, 4700 Flower Lane

Nida & Jerry Antonio, 6406 May Boulevard

John & Patricia Lawrence, 6330 Maryview Street

R. Bagdasarian, 6214 Driftwood Drive

Ronald & Katherine Lender, 6406 Rose Hill Drive

Frank & Rayma Bale, 6315 Willowood Lane

Jayne Letsche, 6502 Cottonwood Drive

Rick & Patti Ballard, 4519 Lark Lane

Randy & Eloise Lewis, 4501 Bee Street

M.N. Barakat, 6609 Cottonwood Drive

Edward & Anna Lewis, 6117 Leewood Drive

P.G. Bauserman, 4531 Roundhill Road

E. A. Lynch-Upchurch, 4701 Flower Lane

M. & C. Beach, 4429 Roundhill Road

Charles Long, 4602 Apple Tree Drive

Dan & Ingrid Bearth, 6417 Rose Hill Drive

Ken & Mary Mann, 6107 Leewood Drive

C. & F. Beatty, 6428 Rose Hill Drive

Well & Anna Machmer, 6200 Willowood Lane

Shirley & Bill Bennington, 6405 May Boulevard

Raymond & Evelyn Market, 4608 Mayor Place

William & Tammie Betts, 6306 Saddle Tree Drive

Melvin Martin, 6211 Redwood Lane

Bill Braswell, 6307 Climbhill Road

Vladimir & Melva Martinez, 6318 Rose Hill Drive

Gary Bravy, 6214 Roundhill Road

Chris & Melissa McCay, 6410 Willowood Lane

Philip & Carol Bishop, 6310 Climbhill Road

Madge McKay, 6402 Wayside Place

Chris & Ann Borchevsky, 4511 Bee Street

Mary Mayo & Sandra Johnson, 6122 Leewood Drive

Jeanette Bottomley, 5003 Eastchester Circle

George & Susan McKittrick, 6113 Clovergrass Drive

Bob Brown, 4526 Apple Tree Drive

Nancy & Donald McMinn, 4804 Apple Tree Drive

Mark & Lorraine Broxterman, 6424 Haystack Road

M. & L. Messinger, 6603 Cottonwood Drive

Pearl Butler, 6404 Cottonwood Drive

Marlene Minarik, 6518 Telegraph Road

Ron & Nancy Buzalsky, 4434 Roundhill Road

Edna Mitchell, 6305 May Boulevard

T. Campbell, 6402 Cottonwood Drive

J. M. Neidermeyer, 6500 Haystack Road

Ralph Carico, 6112 Leewood Drive

David & Linda Nichols, 6416 Rose Hill Drive

John & Penny Cashmire, 4907 Silo Road

Songdade & Naparat Nimjareansuk, 4507 Apple Tree Drive

Raul & Kelly Castillo, 6413 Willowood Lane

Teal Norris & Fred Obermeyer, 6012 Leewood Drive

Roger & Carol Christiansen, 6409 Maryview Street

Anthony & Stella Peters, 4610 Mayor Place

Robert G. Ciccotelli, 6511 Haystack Road

David & Katherine Perkins, 6224 Thornwood Drive

Helen Cofer, 6218 Saddle Tree Drive

Lucy & Larry Petitt, 6501 Carriage Drive

Sally Coler, 6401 Hayfield Place

Jeska & Charles Pfefferle, 6503 Haystack Road

Shirley Mae Collins, 6103 Leewood Drive

Stephen & Brenda Phillips, 6408 Maryview Street

Sam R. Covington, 6302 Saddle Tree Drive

Robert & Ginny Pinkham, 6514 Carriage Drive

Jane & Margo Cunniffe, 4609 Mayor Place

Jo Ann Ponce, 6203 Willowood Lane

V. & W. Dahlgren, 6611 Cottonwood Drive

Robert & Gladys Popovics, 4903 Apple Tree Drive

Sally & Bill Dankers & Marjorie Parkyn, 6511 Carriage Drive

But The Nguyen, 6512 Rose Hill Drive

Wendy Darwell, 6403 Willowood Lane

Veronia & Gustavo Ramos, 6300 Cottonwood Drive

E. & K. Davidson, 4607 Roundhill Road

Nick & Vivian Rashidi, 6506 Rose Hill Drive

Scott & Leah Decker, 6420 Rose Hill Drive

Gopal & Krishna Ray, 6412 Willowood Drive

Barbara Digman, 6217 Blossom Lane

Monica Reed, 6422 Rose Hill Drive

Robin & David Dodson, 6400 Wayside Place

J.L. & N.L. Richey, 4402 Roundhill Road

Harry Dodson, 6319 May Boulevard

Jim Ridgell, 6513 Cottonwood Drive

Myrna Downey, 6516 Telegraph Road

Adam & Rita Rice, 6431 Carriage Drive

Brian & Mary Ellen Duy, 6309 Climbhill Road

David Ridgway, 4609 Cottonwood Place

Stien Van Egmond, 6508 Cottonwood Drive

Sylvia & Dennis Robison, 4514 Sturbridge Place

Beverly Eppolito, 6217 Driftwood Drive

Carl & Marti Sell, 6601 Cottonwood Drive

Michael J. Evans, 6411 Willowood Lane

James & Marie Sherfey, 6415 Rose Hill Drive

Susan Feagley, 4705 Split Rock Road

Cragin & Kay Shelton, 4403Roundhill Road

Joseph Finnegan, 6409 Hayfield Place

Burton & Debbie Slack, 4803 Apple Tree Drive

Anna Fish, 6301 Cottonwood Drive

Marlene Hass Smith, 6304 Cottonwood Drive

Helen Flahive, 6416 Cottonwood Drive

Michael Smith/Ratri Friend, 6111 Leewood Drive

Trigg Flanngan, 6514 Haystack Road

Willard L. Smith, 6004 Leewood Drive

Gordon & Cheryl Flockhart, 6223 Driftwood Drive

William & Genevieve Stemple, 6306 Cottonwood Drive

Larry & Jane Fowler, 6320 Maryview Street

Ray Stone, 4528 Roundhill Road

Barry & Zoe-Ann Freitag, 6303 May Boulevard

Terry Stone, 4522 Apple Tree Drive

Larry & Connie Fulk, 6410 Cottonwood Drive

Donald & Carolyn Szamborski, 4614 Winston Place

Ed Funk, 4428 Roundhill Road

A. J. Taylor, 6308 Cottonwood Drive

K. & J. Furneisen, 4912 Treetop Lane

Rex & Linda Taylor, 6505 Haystack Road

Janice Fox Gable, 6404 Willowood Lane

Judy Taylor & Carlos Rolon, 6503 Rose Hill Drive

Edward & Shirley Gailliot, 4801 Apple Tree Drive

Jean Thomson, 6302 Cottonwood Drive

John & Erica Good, 4604 Roundhill Road

Joanne M. Thompson

Johanna Guccione, 6013 Leewood Drive

N. Tisara, 6408 Hayfield Place

Michael & Bonnie Greek, 6330 Willowood lane

Paul Turner, 4414 Roundhill Road

Chris & Susie Guinto, 6515 Haystack Road

Monroe & Helena Varney, 4520 Roundhill Road

Joe & Lorraine Hatcher, 6102 Leewood Drive

Derek & Angie Vereen, 6222 Thornwood Drive

Theresa A. Harper, 6506 Carriage Drive

C. & P. Vincenzes, 6610 Cottonwood Drive

L.M. Hestvik, 4515 Sturbridge Place

D.W. & N.J. Youmans, 6303 Climbhill Road

Fredy & Maxine Heyer, 4704 Flower Lane

Linda Walton, 4900 Silo Road

Douglas & Betsey Hoey, 6208 Redwood Lane

Macy Watts, 6008 Leewood Drive

Alice & Edward  Holloman, 4518 Sturbridge Place

F. & H. Watts, 6508 Haystack Road

Emilie Hood, 5012 Treetop Lane

Don & Nina Weber, 6120 Dew Grass Drive

Barbara & Clifford James, 6412 May Boulevard

Jonathan & Janelle Welch, 4516 Sturbridge Place

F.E. & P.A. Jencks, 6416 Willowood Lane

Louise Westgate, 6708 Greendale Road

Chris & Meredith Hunter, 6410 Maryview Street

Jeff Williams, 6121 Dewgrass Drive

Cynthia Johnson-Cavey, 5009 Eastchester Circle

Marty & Dwight Williams, 6509 Cottonwood Drive

Marvin & Frances Justice, 6402 Rose Hill Drive

Alice Wilder & Thomas Mangum, 6413 Rose Hill Drive

Jim & Lynda Kandul, 6218 Blossom Lane

Michael & Lisa Wolfe, 6411 Cottonwood Drive

Audrey Kick & Halsey W. Smith, 4517 Sturbridge Place

Charlie Worley, 4513 Roundhill Road

Y.S. Kim, 6205 Thornwood Drive

Mike Zalatoris, 6609 Cottonwood Drive

Y.S. Kim, 6211 Thornwood Drive  

Couple Involved in Money Swindle

March 16, 2007: On Thursday, March 15, between 10am and 11:30am, two men were tricked out of their money. On the first occasion, a 49-year-old Arlington man was waiting for a bus near Columbia Pike and South George Mason Drive when he was approached by a woman and a man claiming they had just found a large sum of money. The woman showed the victim a bundle of what appeared to be dollar bills. The woman suggested the money be shared three ways. The woman was persistent in trying to share the money and the victim agreed to switch wallets with her. The victim then withdrew an undisclosed amount of money from his ATM and gave it to the suspect as part of their deal. The suspects fled with all the money.

Police are investigating whether a 22-year-old Annandale man was also swindled by the same suspects. In this instance, the victim was leaving a bank located near the 4200 block of Annandale Road when he was approached by a man and woman. They asked him to see his wallet and fled with his money.

The suspects were described as Hispanic. The woman was in her 40s. She was about 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds. She wore a white shirt and dark pants. The man was in his 50s, about 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighed about 180 pounds. He wore a black coat and black jeans.

  • Police advise all citizens of the following safety tips:

  • Be suspicious of people trying to give money away.

  • Be aware of your personal space at the ATMs.

  • Do not regularly keep large amounts of money on your person.

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Trust your instincts.

  • Immediately report suspicious activity to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1.866.411.TIPS (8477) or Fairfax County Police at 703.691.2131.  —MPO Jim Nida, Crime Prevention Office, Franconia District Station, Fairfax County Police Department

Summer Programs

Summer programs are available for students who will complete grades K-11 during the 2006-2007 school year. Summer programs include opportunities for students to strengthen the skills and knowledge required for the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and for middle school Promotion Benchmarks. Enrichment opportunities in academic areas are available as well as extended day programs, camps, and online courses. The summer school booklet, Encore 2007, will be mailed to families whose children attend Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Encore 2007 will also be available at every Fairfax County public school, public library, other FCPS administrative offices, and on this web site in March. Fees, transportation, dates, eligibility, and registration procedures vary by program.

Further information can be found at http://www.fcps.edu/news/sumsch.htm.

Alert Homeowners Prevent Larceny Scam

Rose Hill residents should be wary of anyone knocking on the door selling any service or product. –Ed.

March 16, 2007: Two residents of a home in the Lorton area were the victims of an attempted scam last night. Around 5:10pm on Thursday, March 15, two men knocked on the front door of a residence in the 9500 block of Fourth Street. The homeowners answered the door and the men explained they worked with a construction company. The men told the homeowners that they needed to discuss the removal of a tree in their backyard. The husband walked into the backyard with one of the men while the second man came into the home with the wife. As the two sat at the kitchen table talking, the woman heard a noise elsewhere in the home. She went to investigate and discovered a third man attempting to steal items from inside. All three suspects fled from the home and left the area in a silver truck, possibly a Chevrolet. No items were taken and no one was injured. The suspects were all described as Hispanic and in their 30s. The first suspect was 6 feet tall and weighed 160 pounds. The second suspect was about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed 190 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1.866.411.TIPS (8477) or Fairfax County Police at 703.691.2131.

—MPO Jim Nida, Crime Prevention Office, Franconia District Station, Fairfax County Police Department

Edison Pyramid Youth Art Month Display

Clay sculptures, landscapes, and paintings are among the artwork created by Franconia Elementary students for the annual Edison Pyramid Youth Art Month Display at the Franconia Government Center through April 25. Student work from Edison High, Twain Middle, and Bush Hill, Mount Eagle, Franconia, and Rose Hill Elementary Schools will also be displayed in the free exhibit, which will culminate in a reception on April 25. Contact Franconia principal Judith Jackson at 703.822.2200 or judith.jackson@fcps.edu or event liaison Julia Schickel at julia.schickel@fcps.edu.

New Addition to Business Directory

Independence Landscape and Lawn Care. For all your landscape and lawn care needs please call Curt Greene at 703.967.7639. Whether it is landscape maintenance, tree or shrub installation, mowing, drainage correction, a new patio, retaining wall, or a walkway; Independence Landscape is your full service landscape company that offers discounts to all Rose Hill residents. Curt lives on Thornwood Drive. 

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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