Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
Rose Hill Civic Association Meeting
Tuesday, March 24, 7pm
John Marshall Library
Editor, The Rambler
RHCA, P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310
Proposed Church on May Boulevard, Tax Rate to be Discussed by RHCA
Representatives of the Agape Embassy Ministries Church will be at the March 24 meeting of the Rose Hill Civic Association to present plans for a church and other facilities at the current Kindercare site on May Boulevard. Long-time residents will recall that this was the site of the Meadowview Swim Club and then Heritage Academy.
After the presentation on the church proposal, we will discuss 2009 real estate assessment and the proposed tax rate and decide what, if any, advice we wish to pass on to the Board of Supervisors. The Board has advertised a tax rate of $1.05 per $100 for 2009.
The meeting will be held in the community room of the John Marshall Library. It will begin at 7pm with the church presentation, followed by questions and answers. We have set aside an hour for this exchange. The tax discussion will begin at approximately 8pm. We must vacate the Library by 9pm.
David Hunter from the firm of Burgess and Niple will present the church plan. Pastor Joseph Mills will be on hand to answer questions concerning the church and its proposed operation. The church currently meets in Kingstowne in the office space near WalMart.
Agape Embassy Ministries Church will need a Special Permit from the Board of Zoning Appeals in order to move forward with its plans. Churches are permitted in residentially zoned areas by Special Permit only. The four-acre property is zoned R-3, the same as the rest of Rose Hill. The use must be in conformance with the comprehensive plan and meet provisions of the zoning ordinance.
Questions concerning traffic, intensity of use, and buffering are issues that have been raised by nearby residents. On behalf of RHCA, I have raised the issue of preservation of the silos that currently exist on the property. They are the last reminder of the original Rose Hill Farm. In fact, they are the last remaining structures that depict the farming culture in all of Franconia.
If you live near the proposed church, please try to attend this important meeting. At some point, RHCA will be asked to take a position on the proposal and we need to hear every member’s voice. We will endeavor to keep everyone informed as we go ahead through The Rambler and myRoseHill.com.
Assessments, Tax Rate Discussion
Since the value of homes keeps going down, so does County revenue. Real estate represents 63.8 percent of County revenue. Assessments are down an average of 14 percent this year. That, along with decreases in other revenue, has left the County with a $631 million deficit. The County Executive has proposed a budget that would close that gap by increasing the tax rate, cutting spending, and limiting the schools to the same amount of revenue received last year. Of the $631 million deficit, the County Executive proposes to close the gap by increasing tax revenue by $267.1 million, making cuts worth $106.4 million from the County side the budget, $19.1 million by eliminating pay for performance and merit pay, $12, 6 million in revenue enhancements, and $8.4 million in other savings. To meet the $631 million, the schools would have to cut another $136 million. After receiving the County Executive’s proposal, the Board of Supervisors voted to advertise a tax rate of $1.05 per $100 of assessed value. Last year’s tax rate was 92 cents of assessed value. Starting March 31, the Board will conduct a series of public hearings before determining the final budget and tax rate. As an Association, we have the opportunity to advise the Board as to our concerns about the proposed budget. There are several proposed cuts that will directly affect Rose Hill such as cuts in police and fire activities, hours at the library, and support for Neighborhood Watch and zoning enforcement. Information on all of these will be available at the March 24 meeting. Supervisor McKay has already said that he is concerned about cuts in public safety. We need to take a look at other items proposed to be cut and give him our thoughts. Also, we need to decide whether or not to support the tax rate which would result in an increase over what homeowners paid last year. Your thoughts are important and this is your chance to make them known. Plan to attend the March 24 meeting.
Last Call for Members
This is the last call for residents to join RHCA for 2009! Of course, we won’t turn down any new members in the future, but we won’t be reminding you of it monthly. We limit our membership drive to the first quarter of each year, so March is the last time you’ll hear our plea. We will continue to publish the names of new members in The Rambler. The most recent list is on Page 4. If your name isn’t listed, fill out the membership form on the next page, send it to us with your check, and you’ll find it there in April. After that, we’ll recognize members each month as they join without printing the entire list. In addition to the membership dues, please consider a contribution to our general fund or a specific donation toward the upkeep of the flowers and shrubs at our entrance sign at the corner of Rose Hill Drive and Franconia Road. We pay for new plantings, mulch, etc. four times a year. I hope you will agree it always looks nice. Thanks to those who make it happen. The membership dues collected don’t cover the cost of printing The Rambler, much less the other programs such as the Rose Hill Beauty contest and contributions to several worthy causes. That’s why we ask for contributions to our general fund. We couldn’t do it without extra help. As always, our books are open if you want to see how we spend your money. We publish an accounting about once a year.
In anticipation of your support, we already have contributed to Edison High School’s All Night Graduation Party for 2009 graduates to be held at Lee District Recreation Center in June. The program is planned, organized, and hosted by Edison parents with the goal of providing a safe, alcohol free, and drug free graduation celebration for the graduates. The committee already has thanked RHCA for its continued community support of this worthwhile program for the young graduates.
Crime on The Rise
In recent weeks, at least three cases of stolen license plates have been reported in Rose Hill. Additionally, there have been at least three cases of items stolen from vehicles, including a stereo, a purse, and a GPS device. Reports of stolen items from vehicles also are on the rise in nearby communities. Residents are reminded to lock their cars, even if they are in the driveway in broad daylight, just like you do at night. Makes sure the license plates on your car are as secure as you can make them so thieves will have a hard time removing them. Be particularly on guard as soon as you acquire new plates that are good for two years. They are a favorite target for obvious reasons. As you know, we are in the process of organizing a block-by-block Neighborhood Watch program in Rose Hill. The response has been good, but we still have room for more help. Call if you are willing to watch out for the property of both yourself and your neighbors. In any event, keep an eye out for your property and that of your neighbors. Report any crimes in progress to 911. Call the non-emergency number (703.691.2131) to report any suspicious persons or activity. The police remind us to leave outside lights on at night or install motion detectors to help prevent crime in your area.
Election of Officers
In accordance with its bylaws, the Rose Hill Civic Association will elect officers for the coming year at its March meeting. Nominations will be in order from any member for any office. Officers to be elected include president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. Voting will be limited to members of the organization. The present officers are agreeable to serve another term if acceptable to the membership. Any resident is encouraged to run for office. If you do not wish to run for office but are willing to assist the organization in any way, please let us know. For example, we need a volunteer to deliver The Rambler on Apple Tree Drive from 6400 to Rose Hill Drive, including 6300 and 6301 Cottonwood Drive that face on Apple Tree. Give any of the present officers or the editor of The Rambler a call if you can help.
Franconia Museum Sponsors ‘Both Sides’ Civil War Tour
The Franconia Museum is sponsoring a Civil War ‘Both Sides’ Tour on Saturday, April 25. The tour by deluxe motor coach will include stops at Monocacy Battlefield Park near Fredrick, lunch at the famous Cozy Restaurant in Thurmont, and the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The tour will leave the Franconia Government Center at 8:30am. Arrive early for coffee and donuts and a tour of the Franconia Museum.
The first stop will be at Monocacy to visit the new visitors’ center and view information on the ‘Battle That Saved Washington.’ Then it’s on to Thurmont for the famous buffet lunch at the Cozy Restaurant, which has served numerous presidents since Franklin Roosevelt. The afternoon will be spent at the National Civil War Museum which features a complete history of both the North and South.
Cost of the tour is $100 and includes a seat on the bus, lunch at the Cozy, admission to the museum in Harrisburg, and donations to both the Monocacy Battlefield Park and the Franconia Museum. Participants will be on their own for a fast-food stop on the way home.
If you are interested in joining the tour, contact Carl Sell at 703.971.4716 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available on RHCA’s website, myRoseHill.com. Seating is limited. Partisans are requested to leave their weapons at home!
2009 RHCA Members as of February 11, 2009
Nouria & Suham Abbou, 6115 Rose Hill Drive
Charles Long, 4602 Apple Tree Drive
Wilmer & Nancy Anderson, 4500 Apple Tree Drive
Jamey & David Lord, 6208 Redwood Lane
Josephine & Margie Alston, 6118 Leewood Drive
Wellington & Ann Machmer, 6200 Willowood Lane
Augusto Alvarez, 6507 Carriage Drive
Tom & Alice Mangum, 6413 Rose Hill Drive
Nida & Jerry Antonio, 6406 May Boulevard
Raymond & Evelyn Market, 4608 Mayor Place
Rebecca Bagdasarian, 6214 Driftwood Drive
Mark & Natalie McBride, 4421 Roundhill Road
Frank & Rayma Bale, 6315 Willowood Lane
Frank & Marge Mc Connell, 6220 Thornwood Drive
Rick & Pat Ballard, 4519 Lark Lane
Madge McKay, 6402 Wayside Place
P.G. Bauserman, 4531 Roundhill Road
George & Susan McKittrick, 6113 Clovergrass Drive
Margie Beach, 4429 Roundhill Road
Donald & Nancy McMinn, 4804 Apple Tree Drive
Connie Beatty, 6428 Rose Hill Drive
Marnie Mesinger, 6603 Cottonwood Drive
Daniel Bearth, 6417 Rose Hill Drive
Donez Miller, 6703 Greendale Road
Sandra Benarick, 6270 Rose Hill Drive
Mimi Minarik, 6518 Telegraph Road
Woody & Tammie Betts, 6306 Saddle Tree Drive
Edna Mitchell, 6305 May Boulevard
Philip & Carol Bishop, 6310 Climbhill Road
Hal & Lavera Murray, 5003 Treetop Lane
Carl & Margaret Bon, 5001 Eastchester Circle
J.M. Neidermeyer, 6500 Haystack Road
Shirley Bennington, 6405 May Boulevard
H. & G. Newman, 4910 Silo Road
Jeannette Bottomly, 5003 Eastchester Circle
Dave & Linda Nichols, 6416 Rose Hill Drive
Bill Braswell, 6307 Climbhill Road
Kimbinh Nguyen, 6711 Greendale Road
Gary Bravy, 6214 Climbhill Road
But Nguyen, 6512 Rose Hill Drive
Bob Brown, 4526 Apple Tree Drive
Teal Norris & Fred Obermeyer, 6012 Leewood Drive
Mark & Lorraine Broxterman, 6424 Haystack Road
Conrad & Haydee Oroc, 4703 Split Rock Road
Ron & Nancy Buzalsky, 4434 Roundhill Road
Rodney & Kathy Palmer, 6101 Leewood Drive
Jason & Maureen Cardone, 6418 Willowood Lane
William & Janelle Parker, 6417 Willowood Lane
Ralph Carico, 6112 Leewood Drive
Lucy & Larry Pettit, 6501 Carriage Drive
John & Penny Casmire, 4907 Silo Road
Charles & Jeska Pfefferele, 6503 Haystack Road
Raul & Kelly Castillo, 6413 Willowood Lane
Brenda & Stephen Phillips, 6408 Maryview Street
Roger & Carol Christiansen, 6409 Maryview Street
Robert Pinkham, 6614 Carriage Drive
Bob Ciccotelli, 6511 Haystack Road
Jo Ann Ponce, 6203 Willowood Lane
Helen Cofer, 6218 Saddle Tree Drive
Orlando & Cristy Ramos, 6303 Willowood Lane
Sally Coler, 6401 Hayfield Place
Nick & Vivian Rashidi, 6506 Rose Hill Drive
Shirley Mae Collins, 6103 Leewood Drive
Monica Reed, 6422 Rose Hill Drive
Matthew & Cynthia Dailey, 5009 Eastchester Circle
Adam & Rita Rice, 6431 Carriage Drive
Dankers/Parkyn, 6511 Carriage Drive
James & Nancy Richey, 4402 Roundhill Road
Elaine Davidson, 4609 Roundhill Road
James Ridgell, 6513 Cottonwood Drive
B. Digman, 6217 Blossom Lane
David Ridgway, 4609 Cottonwood Place
Ron & Donna Dillon, 4618 Winston Place
Joe & Joycve Ruggero, 6310 Saddle Tree Drive
Steve & Holly Dougherty, 4522 Roundhill Road
Frank Schoenle, 6302 Climbhill Road
Dennis Dzierzewski, 6210 Thornwood Drive
Dennis & Babara Scott, 4509 Bee Street
Brenda Edleson, 4619 Winston Place
G. Miller & L. Seiss, 6415 Willowood Lane
Betty Elliott, 6411 Maryview Street
Carl & Marti Sell, 6601 Cottonwood Drive
Beverly Eppolito, 6217 Driftwood Drive
James & Marie Sherfey, 6415 Rose Hill Drive
Bernice Evans, 6411 Willowood Lane
Lori Scheibe, 5010 Treetop Lane
Dawit Eyob & Kongit Eyassu, 6206 Redwood lane
William & Patricia Schools, 5007 Treetop Lane
Susan Feagley, 4705 Split Rock Road
Diana & Marty Shupack, 6419 Haystack Road
Tom Felleisen, 6406 Hayfield Place
Chris & Sara Sicks, 6606 Cottowood Drive
Joseph Finnegan, 6409 Hayfield Place
Burton & Debbie Slack, 4803 Apple Tree Drive
Anna Fish, 6301 Cottonwood Drive
Michael Smith/Ratri Friend, 6111 Leewood Drive
Helen Flahive, 6416 Cottonwood Drive
William & Jean Stemple, 6306 Cottonwood Drive
Trigg & Beverly Flannagan, 6514 Haystack Road
Mary Stinnette, 4520 Apple Tree Drive
Barry & Zoe-Ann Freitag, 6303 May Boulevard
Marlene Hass Smith, 6304 Cottonwood Drive
Larry & Connie Fulk, 6410 Cottonwood Drive
Terry Stone, 4522 Apple Tree Drive
Kae Furneisen, 4912 Treetop Lane
Ray Stone, 4528 Roundhill Road
Ed & Shirley Gailliot, 4801 Apple Tree Drive
Thomas Strah, 6421 Rose Hill Drive
Marlene Garlick, 6404 Hayfield Place
Tinker & Don Szamborski, 4615 Winston Place
John & Erica Good, 4604 Roundhill Road
Jean Thomson, 6302 Cottonwood Drive
Mike & Bonnie Greek, 6330 Willowood Lane
Paul Turner, 4414 Roundhill Road
Johanna Guccione, 8013 Leewood Drive
Rex & Linda Taylor, 6505 Haystack Road
Chris & Susie Guinto, 6515 Haystack Road
Judy Taylor & Carlos Rolon, 6503 Rose Hill Drive
Carole, Sal & Joanna Guzzetta, 6407 May Boulevard
Joe & Lorraine Hatcher, 6102 Leewood Drive
Stan & Cynthia Thomas, 4701 Split Rock Road
Elmer & Alice Haupt, 6208 Thornwood Drive
Nina Tisara, 6408 Hayfield Court
L. M. Hestvik, 4515 Sturbridge Place
James Troy, 5004 Eastchester Circle
Emilie Hood, 5012 Treetop Lane
Stein Van Egmond, 6508 Cottonwood Drive
Juanita & Edward Ho1loman, 4518 Sturbridge Place
H.E. Varney, 4520 Roundhill Road
Yancy & Patty Hull, 6113 Leewood Drive
Wanda Violette, 6408 May Boulevard
D.J. Jamison, 4707 Split Rock Road
Connie Vincenzes, 6610 Cottonwood Drive
Clifford & Barbara James, 6312 May Boulevard
Fran Watts, 6508 Haystack Road
F.E. Jencks, 6416 Willowood Lane
Don & Nina Weber, 6120 Dew Grass Court
Marvin & Frances Justice, 6402 Rose Hill Drive
Louise Westgate, 6708 Greendale Road
Jim & Lynda Kandul, 6218 Blossom Lane
Karen Wheeless, 6709 Greendale Road
Audrey Kick, 4517 Sturbridge Lane
Jeff & Kate Whitney, 6705 Greendale Road
Ana & Charles Kimberly, 6504 Cottonwood Drive
Jeff Williams, 6121 Dew Grass Drive
John & Patricia Lawrence, 6330 Maryview Street
Charles & Patricia Wimberly, 6506 Haystack Place
Ronald & Katherine Lender, 6406 Rose Hill Drive
Charlie Worley, 4513 Roundhill Road
Jayne K. Letsche, 6502 Cottonwood Drive
Norma Youmans, 6303 Climbhill Road
Edward & Anna Lewis, 6117 Leewood Drive
Stephanie Young/Darren Springer, 6402 Willowood Lane
James Lockwood, 6114 Clovergrass Drive
Mike Zalatoris/Nour Barakat, 6609 Cottonwood Drive
Fairfax County Public Schools Summer Camp Schedule
Type of Camp
Cost of Camp
Girls on the Run of Nova
Girls on the Run
Basketball at Rose Hill ES
Summer Basketball Camp
Basketball at Rose Hill ES
Summer Basketball Camp
Volleyball at Key MS
Adult and Community Education
Joyia Raftelis or Kris Ruscello
Office of Career & Technical Education
Career and Technology Exploration
Tech Adventure Camp
7/6 - 7/17
current 5, 6, 7 graders
Football Youth Camp
Girls Basketball Camp
For more information, visit http://www.fcps.edu/news/summer/camps.htm
The Fairfax County Public Schools Proposed Bell Schedule: Results From The Online Survey
In an ongoing effort to provide the best and most developmentally appropriate education for all students, the Fairfax County School Board has been researching several options to adjust the current bell schedule. Through the Transportation Task Force, community dialogue meetings, and an online survey, the School Board has been gathering community input to assist it in its decision-making process. Most recently, an online survey was posted from February 9, 2009, to February 28, 2009, so that the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) community, including students, parents, staff, and community/business members, had the opportunity to provide their opinions regarding the proposed bell schedule. The purpose of the survey was to provide the opportunity for all FCPS constituents to give feedback regarding the proposed bell schedule. Rather than selecting a representative sample so that results could be generalized, the survey was intended to be available to the full community. In addition, it was meant to gather specific information about a variety of potential impacts ranging from staff commute time to child care needs and family time. The survey provides a snapshot of information to be used with a variety of other sources as the School Board considers making adjustments to the current bell schedule. The survey was accessible via the FCPS website for parents, staff, and community/business members and via Blackboard for FCPS students in grades 6 through 12. Respondents were able to access the survey from any computer with Internet capability. Though respondents were expected to respond to the survey just once, there were no electronic limitations put in place to limit access to the survey. After data were gathered, a review of computer IP addresses was conducted to determine if multiple responses from the same computer were included. Results indicate a small percentage of responses can be traced to the same IP addresses, though this percentage would not have a significant impact on the survey results. A total of 94,129 respondents participated in the survey, including 29,286 students, 49,583 parents (including 621 respondents in Spanish and 368 respondents in Korean), 12,925 FCPS staff, and 2,335 community/business members. Survey participants were asked a series of questions to determine whether or not they supported the proposed bell schedule, how the proposed bell schedule would impact their lives, and their preferred timeline for implementation. Across all respondent groups, approximately 63 to 78 percent of respondents do not support the proposed bell schedule. A summary of results is presented in Table 1.
Current School Hours
Proposed School Hours
Table 1. Support for the Proposed Bell Schedule
Community/ Business Members (n=2,335)
Do you support the proposed bell schedule?
How do you feel about the current bell schedule?
The current bell schedule works very well for me (or my children and family).
The current bell schedule works well for me (or my children and family).
I am indifferent to the current bell schedule
The current bell schedule does not work for me (or my children and family).
The current bell schedule does not work very well for me (or my children and family).
For more information, including in-depth survey results, visit www.fcps.edu/news/start/onlinesurveybellscheduleresults.pdf
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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