Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
RHCA Officers and Volunteers
Editor, The Rambler
RHCA, P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310
Real Estate Assessments Subject of March 25 RHCA Meeting
A representative of the Real Estate Division of the Fairfax County’s Department of Tax Administration will discuss the 2008 assessments at the March 25 meeting of the Rose Hill Civic Association. The meeting begins at 7pm in the community room of the John Marshall Library.
Originally, the Department of Tax Administration notified property owners of the 2008 assessments that included a relocation of assessed value between land and improvements. For many in Rose Hill, the value of the improvements went down and the land values went up. Because of concern by the Board of Super-visors reflecting constituents’ questions throughout the county, the Department has decided to revisit its calculations. However, they had said that the overall assessment will not change although the values of the land and improvements will be adjusted.
Since real estate taxes are based on the assessments, it is imperative that homeowners understand the process and have the opportunity to ask questions. That’s what this meting is all about. If, after the meeting, you remain dissatisfied with your assessment, you can file an administrative appeal by April 4. If you are not satisfied with the answer to the administrative appeal, you have until June 1 to file an appeal with the Board of Equalization.
Perhaps the biggest concern involves the down-grading of the value of the house under the formula. The Department of Tax Administration admits the house assessment does NOT equal the cost to replace a house. For assessment purposes, the improvements value reflects years of normal depreciation.
The Department says that generally insurance companies use their own estimate of what it would cost to rebuild your house if it is destroyed. However, insurance companies operate differently in the case of automobiles, providing Blue Book value when replacement costs are higher. That’s one issue that has residents concerned about the new system.
Don’t miss this important meeting concerning the assessment of your home.
Our community lost two of its originals recently with the deaths of Gladys Tutterow and Catherine (Penny) Mulner. David and Gladys Tutterow moved to Rose Hill on the last day of 1956. Ed and Penny Mulner settled here in 1958. David Tutterow still lives on May Boulevard while Ed Mulner preceded Penny in death several years ago. The Tutterows were active in the civic association and Meadowview Swim Club, with David serving as president of the Board of Directors. Penny Mulner was a fixture at RHCA meetings. Until her health no longer permitted, she provided coffee, soft drinks, cookies, and snacks at the monthly meeting. Gladys and Penny were among the original owners who helped make Rose Hill a great place to live. They are memorialized as ‘Originals’ who spent 50 years in the community. We’ll miss them both. Our condolences to the families.
Painting Sponsors and Members
The final list of sponsors of the Rose Hill Raid painting is printed below. Please check the list to make sure your name is correct. If not, notify any of the officers ASAP. The information about the raid and the names will be displayed with the paining in the Gladys Keating Community Room at the John Marshall Library. Also in this issue is the list of 2008 members as of March 12, 2008. The 2008 membership drive ends with this issue of The Rambler. Of course, we will be pleased to accept additional memberships. Fill out the membership form and mail it, along with your check to RHCA, Box 10891, Franconia, VA 22310. Additional members will be acknowledged in future editions of The Rambler. We desperately need as many members as possible to print The Rambler and continue other programs. No one will knock on your door soliciting your member-ship, but we would appreciate your help. If you aren’t already a member, join your neighbors who have already joined.
Strike Team Update
As the result of the presentation by Fairfax County’s Zoning and Code Enforcement Strike Team at our February meeting, a number of potential violations in Rose Hill are under review. The Strike Team, which includes representatives from Zoning, the Health Department, Fire Marshall, Police, and the Department of Public Works, checks out reports of over-crowding and boarding houses in single family homes. The team looks for illegal alterations in homes including electrical outlets, kitchens and bathrooms installed without permits, and sleeping areas that have inadequate methods of escape in case of an emergency. Zoning violations also include parking on more than 25 percent of the front yard, trash or debris on the property, loud music, and other issues. RHCA is determined to rid our community of illegal uses of property and will forward reports of violations to the proper authorities for investigation. This is a neighborhood of single-family homes and subdividing into multi-family residences is prohibited by law. Residents are reminded that inoperable vehicles cannot be parked on a public street or on a private lot unless it is shielded from view from all property lines. And, remember parking in the median between the sidewalk and street along Rose Hill Drive is illegal and will result in a ticket.
Nostalgia Night Kudos
Thanks to the folks at Rose Hill Elementary, our Nostalgia Night was a tremendous artistic success. Too bad so many of you missed it. The student Sound Wave 12 ensemble put on a great show. Thanks to the performers and Diane Piecuch-Siebert, the music instructor who steered her students to excellence. Even Diane was pleased with the performance and that’s high praise! Many parents of the students were in the audience and they had to be proud of their children. RHCA is making a contribution to the Sound Waves to help continue the legacy. Principal Terri Czarniak praised the group, welcomed the crowd, and enjoyed the recollections of former parents and students. Special thanks to Linda Nichols, Carolyn Slenska, and Connie Beatty for their help during the event; Carolyn, Marie Sherfey, Marti Sell, and Monica Reed for cookies and other goodies; Dianne Sweeny of Rose Hill Elementary for helping set up the event; and Alicia Ogrodney of Rose Hill Elementary for setting up the sound system and coordinating the showing of the video marking the 50 years of Rose Hill’s existence.
Suburban or Urban?
As you know, here in Rose Hill we are diligent in monitoring any new development to make sure it is at or below the planned density and meets all of the County ordinances, particularly those that deal with problem soils. Several years ago, we supported down planning of vacant parcels along Telegraph Road in an effort to thwart higher densities and more traffic. We do so in an effort to preserve our suburban neighborhood. Unfortunately, there are those in Lee District who support higher density and a more urban form of living. Worse, they have gained the upper hand on the Lee District Land Use Advisory Committee. Several years ago, they supported a condo development at the corner of Memorial Street and Richmond Highway with a density of more than 30 units per acre. This month, they narrowly won approval of a mixed use development on Beulah Street near Manchester Lakes that had a library and 200 units on SIX acres, a residential density of more than 25 units per acre. There is in the mill a doubling of the size of Springfield mall, including residential towers of 18 stories. In the Beulah case, the developer will build a regional library sooner than current County plans, provide senior housing, and ‘workforce’ housing for those County, school, and hospital employees who don’t earn enough to live in the County. Noble aspirations, except the County ultimately will pay back the developer for the library and Federal law will prohibit limiting the workforce housing to our own service employees. All that density at an intersection that already gets a failing grade of ‘F’ from VDOT in the evening rush and ‘E’ in the morning rush. As the Rose Hill representative on the Land Use committee, I voted against both proposals and am opposed to the introduction of additional traffic in the Springfield Mall area. Certainly the Mall needs upgrading, but not with even tighter gridlock. And, you might have read that the County has asked the Army to move some of its density from the Engineer Proving Grounds just west of I-95 to the GSA warehouse site across from the mall to, I guess, spread the misery. Well, even before the decision is made, developers are proposing high density office on the periphery of the EPG. No doubt the Urban Cowboys will embrace both higher densities at the Mall and around the EPG. At the same time, everyone agrees that TRAFFIC is our Number ONE problem. I will continue to fight and vote against increased density that impacts our already over-crowded roads. I believe that is in our best interest. I also believe most of the residents in other communities would disagree with their land use representatives who support higher density if they knew what is going on.
Odds and Ends
The Edison High School Tag Day, originally scheduled for March 8, was postponed to Saturday, April 5, with a weather date of Sunday, April 6. Rain and high winds caused the postponement. Hopefully, things will be calmer and brighter on April 5. Students will be knocking on doors asking for donations for the many programs at Edison. Just so you know, athletic teams, the band, and clubs do NOT receive funding from the County for uniforms and equipment so your support would be greatly appreciated.
We reported in the February Rambler that your cell phone could open locked car doors from a distance. All you had to do is call someone who would hold the phone next to the lock, push the remote into your cell phone and like magic, the door would open. Not so, said several readers. I haven’t tried it because I don’t have a remote to lock and unlock my car. I do it the old-fashioned way!
The Fairfax County Animal Shelter will hold a low-cost clinic for rabies shots on Sunday, April 6, at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center. Shots will be only $10. The Mount Vernon Recreation Center is located at the corner of Belle View Boulevard and Fort Hunt Road. The clinic is held for dogs, cats, and ferrets. Dogs must be on a leash and cats and ferrets in carriers. If you miss that clinic, others are being held May 18, July 13, September 14, and November 16 at the Animal Shelter headquarters at 4500 West Ox Road in Fairfax. The hours are from 2-4. The clinics are sponsored by the Animal Shelter and Deepwood Veterinary Hospital.
Thank a Member, Rambler Readers
Thanks to your neighbors listed below, you receive The Rambler nine times a year. And, pat yourself on the back if your name is listed! An average edition of our newsletter costs approximately $300 and is delivered to all of the 700+ homes in our community, regardless of whether they are members or not. We believe everyone should be informed about what is going on in their community. Won’t you join your neighbors in supporting RHCA? A membership form is on-line. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, The Rambler is delivered to your door nine times a year at no cost to the Association. As you can see, membership dues alone don’t keep RHCA afloat. Contributions, in addition to membership fees, help keep The Rambler in print and also pay for the landscaping at our entrance sign on Rose Hill Drive at Franconia Road. Most important, a large and active membership is very helpful as we deal with the County regarding community issues. Please include your e-mail address so we can communicate quickly on community issues. We will NEVER give your e-mail address to a third party!
2008 Members as of March 12, 2008
Nouri & Suham Abbou, 6115 Rose Hill Drive
Josephine & Margy Alston, 6118 Leewood Drive
Norma & Augusto V. Alvarez, Sr. 6507 Carriage Drive
Hafiz Ahmed, 6630 Telegraph Road
Nancy & Wilmer Anderson, 4500 Rose Hill Drive
Frank & Rayma Bale, 6315 Willowood Lane
M. Nour Barakat, 6609 Cottonwood Drive
JoAnn Barney, 5000 Treetop Lane
P.G. Bauserman, 4531 Roundhill Road
Vicki S. Beaty, 4415 Roundhill Road
Daniel Bearth, 6417 Rose Hill Drive
Sandra Benarick, 6270 Rose Hill Drive
Woody & Tammie Betts, 6306 Saddle Tree Drive
Phillip & Carol Bishop, 6310 Climbhill Road
Chris, Ann & Trent Borchevsky, 4511 Bee Street
Pearl A. Butler, 6401 Cottonwood Drive
Tracy Campbell, 6402 Cottonwood Drive
Sally Coler, 6401 Hayfield Place
Gary Bravy, 6214 Climbhill Road
Bill Braswell, 6307 Climbhill Road
Mark & Loraine Broxterman, 6424 Haystack Road
Margie Beach, 4429 Roundhill Road
Jeannette Bottomley, 5003 Eastchester Circle
Ruth Connie Beatty, 6428 Rose Hill Drive
Bob Brown, 4526 Apple Tree Drive
Ralph & Pauline Carico, 6112 Leewood Drive
John & Penny Cashmire, 4907 Silo Road
Roger & Carol Christiansen, 6409 Maryview Street
Raul & Kelly Castillo, 6413 Willowood Lane
Bob Ciccotelli, 6511 Haystack Road
Helen Cofer, 6218 Saddle Tree Drive
Shirley Mae Collins, 6103 Leewood Drive
Lois Corbin, 6221 Blossom Lane
Steve Corbin, 4512 Lark Lane
Sam Covington, 6302 Saddle Tree Drive
Cynthia Johnson-Dailey, 5009 Eastchester Circle
Virginia Dahlgren, 6611 Cottonwood Drive
Sally & Bill Dankers & Marjorie Parkyn, 6511 Carriage Dr.
Lee & Carol Davis, 6314 Climbhill Road
E&K Davidson, 4608 Roundhill Road
Barbara Digman, 6217 Blosson Lane
Harry L. Dodson, 6319 May Boulevard
Steve & Holly Dougherty, 4522 Roundhill Road
Myrna Downey, 6516 Telegraph Road
Ron & Donna Dillon, 4618 Winston Place
Dennis Dzierzawski, 6210 Thornwood Drive
Betty Elliot, 6411 Maryview Street
Mike & Bea Evans, 6411 Willowood Lane
Susan Feagley, 4705 Split Rock Road
Tom Felleisen, 6406 Hayfield Place
Joseph Finnegan, 6409 Hayfield Place
Anna Fish, 6301 Cottonwood Drive
Helen Flahive, 6416 Cottonwood Drive
Trigg & Beverly Flannagan, 6514 Haystack Road
Larry & Jane Fowler, 6320 Maryview Street
Barry & Zoe-Ann Freitag, 6303 May Boulevard
Larry & Connie Fulk, 6410 Cottonwood Drive
Ed Funk, 4428 Roundhill Road
Kae Furneisen, 4912 Treetop Lane
Edward & Shirley Galliott, 4801 Apple Tree Drive
Elias & Karent Gates, 6508 Carriage Drive
Dan & Doris Gearing, 4827 Tabard Place, Annandale
Erika & John Good, 4604 Roundhill Road
Mike & Bonnie Greek, 6330 Willowood Drive
Kathy Gregson, 6411 Rose Hill Drive
Johanna Guccione, 6013 Leewood Drive
Jesua Moreno Guinto & Crisencio Guinto, 6515 Haystack Road.
Elmer & Alice Haupt, 6208 Thornwood Drive
Ed & Juanita Holloman, 4518 Sturbridge Place
L.M. Hestvik, 4515 Sturbridge Place
Emilie Hood, 5012 Treetop Lane
Douglas Hoey, 6208 Redwood Lane
Donald Hoffman, 5002 Treetop Lane
Yancy & Patricia Hull, 6113 Leewood Drive
Chris Hunter, 6410 Maryview Street
Barbara & Clifford James, 6412 May Boulevard
Anna L. Jeffries, 5003 Greenhaven Place
F.E. Jencks, 6416 Willowood Lane
Marvin & Frances Justice, 6402 Rose Hill Drive
James & Linda Kandul, 6218 Blossom Lane
Edwin & Lilian Kesler, 4405 Roundhill Road
Audrey Kick, 4517 Sturbridge Place
Jung Kim, 6205 Thornwood Drive
Y. S. Kim, 6211 Thornwood Drive
D. Kraus, 6300 Rose Hill Drive
Robert & Elizabeth Kohm, 6429 Carriage Drive
John & Patricia Lawrence, 6330 Maryview Street
June & Steve Lefler, 6424 Carriage Drive
J.K. Letsche, 6502 Cottonwood Drive
Jacqueline Lewis, 6206 Thornwood Drive
Edward & Anna Lewis, 6117 Leewood Drive
O. Randolph Lewis, 4501 Bee Street
James R. Lockwood, 6114 Clovergrass Drive
Charles Long, 4602 Apple Tree Drive
Wellington & Anna Machmer, 6200 Willowood Lane
Raymond & Evelyn Market, 4608 Mayor Place
Melvin Martin, 6311 Redwood Lane
Kenneth & Mary Mann, 6107 Leewood Drive
Mary Mayo, 6122 Leewood Drive
Lea McCaw & Richard Sandoval, 6402 Rye Court
Madge McKay, 6402 Wayside Place
George & Susan McKittrick, 6113 Clovergrass Drive
Donald & Nancy McMinn, 4804 Apple Tree Drive
Marnie Messinger, 6603 Cottonwood Drive
Marlene Minarik, 6518 Telegraph Road
Edna G. Mitchell, 6305 May Boulevard
Hal & LaVera Murray, 5003 Treetop Lane
Jorge Navarro & Amy Christianson, 6426 Carriage Drive
But Nguyen, 6512 Rose Hill Drive
J. Neidermeyer, 6500 Haystack Road
Herbert & Grace Newman, 4910 Silo Road
David & Linda Nichols, 6416 Rose Hill Drive
Sam & Kim Nimjareansuk, 4507 Apple Tree Drive
Teal Norris & Fred Obermeyer, 6012 Leewood Drive
Conrad & Haydee Oroc, 4703 Split Rock Road
William & Janelle Parker, 6417 Willowood Lane
Anthony & Stella Peters, 4610 Mayor Place
Lucy & Larry Pettit, 6501 Carriage Drive
Charles & Jeska Pfefferle, 6503 Haystack Road
Brenda & Stephen Phillips, 6408 Maryview Street
Robert C. Pinkham, 6514 Carriage Drive
Jo Ann Ponce, 6203 Willowood Lane
Orlando & Christy Ramos, 6303 Willowood Lane
Nick & Vivian Rashidi, 6506 Rose Hill Drive
Gopal & Krishna Ray, 6412 Willowood Lane
Monica Reed, 6422 Rose Hill Drive
Adam & Rita Rice, 6431 Carriage Drive
James M. Ridgell, 6513 Cottonwood Drive
David & Nancy Ridgway, 4609 Cottonwood Place
Sylvia & Dennie Robison, 4514 Sturbridge Place
Carlos Rolon & Judy Taylor, 6503 Rose Hill Drive
Lori Scheibe, 5010 Treetop Lane
Frank Schoenle, 6303 Climbhill Road
Dennis Scott, 4509 Bee Street
Marie Sherfey, 6415 Rose Hill Drive
Diane & Marty Shupak, 6419 Haystack Road
Chris & Sara Sicks, 6606 Cottonwood Drive
Carolyn Slenska, 6308 Climbhill Road
Marlene Hass Smith, 6304 Cottonwod Drive
Michael Smith/Ratri Friend, 6111 Leewood Drive
Donald & Juanita Stallings, 6407 Willowood Lane
Jean & William Stemple, 6306 Cottonwood Drive
M. C. Stinnette, 4520 Apple Tree Drive
Ray Stone, 4528 Roundhill Road
Terry Stone, 4522 Apple Tree Drive
Tom Strah, 6121 Rose Hill Drive
Tinker & Don Szamborski, 4615 Winston Place
Alberta J. Taylor, 6308 Cottonwood Drive
Rex & Linda Taylor, 6505 Haystack Road
Joh Thibeau, 6216 Saddle Tree Drive
Grace Jean H. Thomson, 6302 Cottonwood Drive
Nina Tisara, 6408 Hayfield Place
James W. Troy, 5004 Eastchester Circle
Paul Turner, 4414 Roundhill Road
E.A. Lynch-Upchurch, 4701 Flower Lane
Stien Von Egmond, 6508 Cottonwood Drive
M.G. & H.E. Varney, 4520 Roundhill Road
Connie Vincenzes, 6610 Cottonwood Drive
Wanda Violette, 6408 May Boulevard
Linda & Morgan Walton, 4900 Silo Road
Macy Watts, 6008 Leewood Drive
Fran Watts, 6508 Haystack Road
Don & Nina Weber, 6120 Dew Grass Drive
John & Janelle Welch, 4516 Sturbridge Place
Louise Westgate, 6708 Greendale Road
Karen Wheeless, 6709 Greendale Road
Kenneth White & Crystal Simpkins, 6422 Haystack Road
Alice Wilder, 6413 Rose Hill Drive
Charles & Patricia Wimberly, 6506 Haystack Road
Jeffrey Williams, 6121 Dew Grass Drive
Micahel & Lisa Wolfe, 6411 Cottonwood Drive
Charlie Worley, 4513 Roundhill Road
Jamie & Pam Yereb, 4617 Winston Place
Norma Youmans, 6303 Climbhill Road
Walter M. Zalatoris, Jr., 6609 Cottonwood Drive
Rose Hill Raid - January 22, 2008
This canvas reproduction of the painting by famed Civil War artist John Paul Strain depicts his interpretation of the raid on Rose Hill on September 28, 1863, by legendary Confederate Col. John Singleton Mosby and his rangers. Mosby, operating behind Union lines, raided the Rose Hill house that was located at the end of May Boulevard on a hill overlooking the valley and the Potomac River beyond. Mosby came into Alexandria to attempt to capture Francis H. Pierpont, who had been appointed provisional Governor of Virginia by President Abraham Lincoln; however, the good governor had been called into Washington City so Mosby had to change his plans. Mosby decided to destroy a trestle at Cameron Run and then found out that Pierpont’s aide, Col. Daniel F. Dulany, was staying at the Rose Hill house. Mosby captured Col. Dulany and took him away for shipment to prison in Richmond. One of Mosby’s raiders was Dulany’s son, French, who was later killed during a raid near Herndon. Col. Dulany survived the war. The Dulanys were descendants of Daniel French, the original owner of the house who was involved in the construction of Pohick Church. In the painting, Mosby stands in the foreground with Col. Dulany on horseback with his son over his left shoulder. Can you find the red fox the artist included in the painting? Additional history about Rose Hill can be found on myRoseHill.com. More information concerning the raid can be found at www.hakenson.com. This signed and numbered reproduction is presented to John Marshall Library by the Rose Hill Civic Association and members listed below.
In Memory of Donna Joy & Joseph Myron Beaty
In Memory of Dominic & Mildred Ciccotelli
In Memory of Twila & Essie Noble
In Memory of Molly Whitt Stone
Josephine & Margy Alston
Ruth Connie Beatty
Woody & Tammie Betts
Chris, Ann & Trent Borchevsky
Robert D. Brown
Mark & Lorraine Broxterman
Ralph & Pauline Carico
John & Penny Casmire
Raul & Kelly Castillo
Steve & Holly Dougherty
Will & Myrna Downey
Larry & Jane Fowler
Barry & Zoe-Ann Freitag
Barbara & Clifford James
Anna L. Jefferies
Marvin & Frances Justice
Raymond & Evelyn Market
Wellington & Anna Machmer
Nancy & Donald McMinn
Edna G. Mitchell
David & Linda Nichols
Jim & Pat Sapp
Carl & Marti Sell
Monroe & Helena Varney
John & Janelle Welch
Charles & Patricia Wimberly
Jeffrey F. Williams
Your Association Needs Volunteers!!
If you can spare a couple of hours a month, have transportation to Kingstowne and around the neighborhood, and can count, RHCA could use you. The distributor position that is vacant is currently being filled by our President and we need you to step up and help!
Marty Williams has moved and is looking to step down from The Rambler Editor position. If you have experience proofreading, editing, and using Microsoft Word or Publisher or another layout software program, please contact Marty for further information at email@example.com or 703.910.6316.
Jim Sapp does such a great job with our website you can’t tell that he seamlessly maintains the site remotely from Colorado. If you have experience with website design, development, and maintenance, and are willing to volunteer to take Jim’s job, please contact him for specifics at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RHCA loves its volunteers ... it wouldn’t BE without them.
Get Involved ... Your Community Needs You!
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"
Quarter page size
3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
Half page size
7 1/2" x 4 3/4"
Full page size
7 1/2" x 9 3/4"
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 703.910.6316. 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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