Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
March 2009

Rose Hill Civic Association Meeting
Tuesday, March 24, 7pm
John Marshall Library

RHCA Officers and Volunteers


Carl Sell


Vice President

Linda Nichols



Beth Kohm



Carolyn Slenska


Editor, The Rambler

Marty Williams


Neighborhood Watch

Woody Betts



Jim Sapp


RHCA, P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310

President’s Message

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

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.

—Carl Sell

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 Additional information is available on RHCA’s website, 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

Joanne Thompson

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


Sponsoring Organization

Type of Camp

Camp Name

Activity/ Date

Contact Person

Phone Number

Email Address

Participant Age

Cost of Camp

Bush Hill 


Girls on the Run of Nova 

Girls on the Run 


Kerri Breish 


3-6 graders 




Basketball at Rose Hill ES

Summer Basketball Camp


Kevin Quinlan


8/14 years




Basketball at Rose Hill ES

 Summer Basketball Camp


Kevin Quinlan


8/14 years




Volleyball at Key MS

Volleyball Clinic


Matt Mercante


8-10 graders



Adult and Community Education 


Kids' Campus 


Joyia Raftelis or Kris Ruscello 





Office of Career & Technical Education 

Career and Technology Exploration 

Tech Adventure Camp 

7/6 - 7/17 

Cara Kirby 


current 5, 6, 7 graders 





Cheer Camp


Rachel Searle


7-14 years





Football Youth Camp


Rob Everett


6-9 graders





Girls Basketball Camp

6/22-6/26; 7/6-7/10

Harold Jackson

8-15 years


For more information, visit


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


Rose Hill



M Twain



H Edison



Table 1. Support for the Proposed Bell Schedule


Students (n=29,286)

Parents (n=49,583)

Staff (n=12,925)

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


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 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.

Marty Williams

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