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Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
May 2002


Delegate Tom Bolvin Visits RHCA
at
May 28 Meeting

Bolvin_small.jpg (3347 bytes)Our guest in May will be Delegate Tom Bolvin, our member of the Virginia House of Delegates from the 43rd District. Tom will report on the important recent session of the General Assembly and the Governor's action on a number of important bills.

Tom is a member of the House Education, Transportation and General Laws committees. He is in his second term as our representative in Richmond. He maintains an office on Grovedale Road in Franconia. Tom and his wife Stephanie and their son, Harry, who will be a year old June 3, live in Manchester Lakes.

He will talk about the transportation sales-tax referendum. Tom supported a referendum on the issue, which would add one-half percent to our sales tax on everything except groceries, to finance a number of road and mass transportation projects in Northern Virginia.

The Governor and the General Assembly agreed to present the proposal to the voters this November. Tom will spell out those projects at the Rose Hill meeting.

Additionally, Tom supported a House bill that would added another one-half cent to the sales tax (again with groceries exempt) to support school construction in Northern Virginia. He opposed a Senate version that would have sent 20 percent of the revenues to other parts of the state and did not earmark the funds for classroom construction.

Neither bill made it into law.

Tom was the chief sponsor of a bill signed into law by Governor Warner on April 4 involving early childhood reading textbooks that should mean millions in federal aid for Virginia as part of President Bush's landmark education reform package. He also was the chief sponsor of a law that increases the age that drivers must secure children in safety seats from age four to age six as well as a bill to enhance retirement and service benefits for our volunteer firefighting and rescue forces.

This is your chance to get an insider's view of the important activities in Richmond. Laws passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor affect our daily lives. If you have questions or comments, join us on the 28th.

President's Message

Will It Ever End?  --  More Houses Proposed

There must be something in the water! As you know, Highland Park pool is in the process of selling off a portion of its property to Morris Construction, which plans to build houses with access from Maryview Street. As soon as RHCA receives a plan for either Morris or the County, we will schedule a meeting to share the information with the community.

Also, the owner of Heritage Academy located on the old Meadow View Swim Club site on May Boulevard, has asked the county to approve an increase in residential density. The property is owned by Claude and Betty Wheeler, operators of the school. Mr. Wheeler also builds houses and plans to develop the school/pool site.

Currently, the property is zoned R-3, the same as the rest of Rose Hill. That means a maximum of three houses per acre can be built on the almost five-acre site. In reality, county rules would allow approximately 2.5 houses per acre, giving Mr. Wheeler a yield of approximately 11 or 12 lots.

Mr. Wheeler has asked that the density be changed in the comprehensive plan from 2-3 units per acre to 4-5 units per acre. If approved, he could to double the yield to approximately 24-25 lots.

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The Wheeler site is shown  in the blue boxed area. Lots 45 and 46 in the upper right of the property were presumably never built--Rose Hill historians, help!--they are part of the school parking lot. The school is backed by a steep slope of probably unstable soil leading down to the north reaches of Kingstowne (densely developed subdivision at left of map). Note that zoning maps such as this one still show the lots and roads for Section III below the cul-de-sac on May Boulevard as if they exist.

LAST REMINDER OF ROSE HILL'S PAST TO GO?

Heritage Academy is distinctive for its silos. They were used to store grain for the cattle on the 700-acre Rose Hill Farm, owned by R.L. May, president of the AL Barcroft and Washington Bus Co. The old structures were incorporated into the Meadow View Pool and then the private school.

As mentioned at the April meeting, your Association has participated in the task force process concerning this and numerous other issues in Lee District. On Monday, April 22, 2002, the Lee District Land Use Advisory Committee voted unanimously to recommend denial of the request and supported maintaining the density at 2-3 units per acre. Rose Hill was represented and spoke against Mr. Wheeler's proposal.

The proposal next goes to the Planning Commission and then the Board of Supervisors for public hearings. The Planning Commission public hearings are tentatively set for the last week in September. Your Association will communicate its opposition to the plan to both the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

If would be helpful if those of you who support the RHCA position add their voice. Please write the Planning Commission at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 330, Fairfax, VA 22035 and tell them you are opposed to the increase in density requested in Annual Plan Review number 02-IV-9RH and support the Rose Hill Civic Association, Lee District Land Use Advisory Committee and County Staff recommendation that the density remain at the R-3 zoning level.

Please send a copy of your letter to the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 533, Fairfax, VA 22035-0072 and Supervisor Dana Kauffman, 6121 Franconia Road, Franconia, VA 22310.

If you would like to read the full text of the request and the staff recommendation, please give me a call at 703-971-4716 and I will send you a copy. Also, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give me a call.

As of this writing, there is nothing new on Rose Hill Section III. We are keeping our eye on the situation and would appreciate a call if you see any unusual activity.

Rose Hill Beauties

Congratulations to all those selected as Rose Hill Beauries for 2002. And, if you think we missed someone, please let us know. We had more than 175 nominations this year and it wasn't easy selecting those who will receive yard signs. We will concentrate on providing signs to RHCA members on a priority basis. If your name is on the list and you are not yet a member, we'll gladly sign you up. The membership underwrites the cost of the contest and every little bit helps! There are some addresses for which we don't have names, so if your address is listed without your name, please give us a call. The signs will be distributed in June and July. Thanks to those of you who made nominations and took the time to help us search for other neighboring communities and receives much favorable comment. Keep up the good work!

Click on the rose to see the complete list of this year's Rose Hill Beauties.

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Myrosehill.com Update

If you haven't looked lately, check out the picture gallery on the Rose Hill web site! And, if you have anything to add, please let Jim Sapp, our webmaster, know at sapp@erols.com Also, we have started to compile a history page, which will be completed as soon as the author gets off his duff! We are extremely fortunate to have Jim Sapp to do all the hard work to make our web site an outstanding part of RHCA's effort to keep citizens informed and entertained. Did you take the chocolate math quiz? Have any other neat items we can pass on? Drop Jim an e-mail and thank him for a job well done!

RHCA Night at CAC

RHCA has agreed to provide the refreshments for the June 19th Citizens Advisory Committee meeting at the Franconia Police Station. Normally about 35-30 people attend. Anything left over is provided to the police officers at the shift change, so we want to have a lot available for them. I'd appreciate some help in preparing cookies, baked goods, finger sandwiches, chip dip, etc. Please give me a call at 703-971-4716 or e-mail me at clsell@hotmail.com if you can help. I'm looking for a nice little spread to show the folks and the police we appreciate their efforts on our behalf. Anything you can do will be greatly appreciated. RHCA will provide the soft drinks, ice, paper products and utensils. Let me know what you can provide and either bring it to the police station at 6 p.m. on the 19th or let me know it is to be picked up so I can visit you that afternoon. And, by the way, make plans to attend the meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. and meet the citizens and police officials who so greatly assist our community.

Membership Update

The membership list in the April Rambler failed to include Mo and Alice Haupt of 6208 Thornwood Drive, long-time members of RHCA. We also mangled the names of Eric and Katy Rannow at 6312 Willowood Lane. And, Nina Tisara's address is 6408 Hayfield Place. We apologize for the errors. The April newsletter included members as of April 13, 2002. Since then, we have heard from the following: Julie Abell, 6328 Telegraph Road; Amy Christianson and Jose Naavarro, 6426 Carriage Drive; Terrie Dacales, 5912 Ewing Place; Alan R. Goozner and Terry M. Bradley, 6518 Haystack Road; Michael & Bonnie Greek of 6330 Willowood Lane; Kevin & Kelli Hoover, 6314 Saddletree Drive; The Krauses, 6300 Rose Hill Drive; Charles B. Long of 4602 Apple Tree Drive; Raymond & Evelyn Market of 4608 Mayor Place; Songdale & Najaraqt Nimjareansuk, 4507 Apple Tree Drive; Channing J. Nixon, 6515 Cottonwood Drive; Clayton & Rachel Palmer of 4511 Apple Tree Drive; Stephen & Brenda Phillips of 6408 Maryview Street; Bob & Ginny Pinkham of 6415 Carriage Drive; Joan & George Simms of 6434 Carriage Drive; Don & Juanita Stallings, 6407 Willowood lane; Tom & Wanda Violette, 6408 May Boulevard; Terry Lynn & Gary Wheeler of 6404 Wayside Place; Charles S. & Patricia Wimberly of 6506 Haystack Road; and Norma Jean Youmans, 6303 Climbhill Road. Welcome aboard!

Franconia Museum

The Franconia Museum is a new, private, non-profit local history museum dedicated to preserving the past, present and future of the Franconia area in pictures, artifacts and stories. The group plans to launch its first exhibit at the Franconia Government Center later this year. On June 15th, the Museum will sponsor a Civil War History Tour. Civil War historians Don Hakenson and Gregg Dudding will lead a tour of local Civil War sites. including Mosby's raid on Rose Hill. Two tours are scheduled, beginning at 10 a.m. and I p.m. Transportation will be provided. Reserve your spot by calling Don Hakenson at 703-971-4984 or e-mail him at dHakenson@cox.rr.com. Cost is $8 for members of the Friends of the Franconia Museum and $10 for nonmembers. For more information on the museum, either call or e-mail Don Hakenson or e-mail the museum at franconiamuseum@yahoo.com or write to the Franconia Museum at 7011 Manchester Boulevard #176, Franconia, VA 22310. Brochures about the museum will be available at the May 28th RHCA meeting.

Thanks

I appreciated those members of the Rose Hill community who took the time to attend the Franconia Community Coalition's Awards Reception Sunday, May 5 at the Kingstowne Recreation Center. I was honored at the group's volunteer of the year. It was the third time in the last four years that either the Association or a Rose Hill resident won a major award. Although the award came in my name, it really belongs to all of you who are members of the Association, serve on Neighborhood Watch, deliver the Rambler or volunteer in community activities at our schools, library and parks.

The strength of Rose Hill lies in its community spirit. Let me say a special word about Vice President Terrie Dacales, Secretary Chrissy Blackwell and Treasurer Carolyn Slenska. Also, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Woody Betts and his able sidekick, Donna Beaty, and Rambler Editor Elizabeth Lambertson and Jim Sapp, our webmaster, and Tom Violette, our representative to the Lee District Association. We couldn't do it without them.

Volunteers Needed

The Franconia Volunteer Fire Department is looking for volunteers. You can help even if you aren't trained for fire and rescue duties. You can help raise funds for the Department by volunteering to help at bingo on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Did you know that the Franconia Volunteer Fire Department built and paid for the building on Beulah Street? That it also buys the equipment for that station and the new Kingstowne Station on Telegraph Road. And, recently sent a pumper to a station in New York that lost its equipment in the World Trade Center Terrorist attack on 9-11. Did you ever think about how much is would cost the taxpayers if the volunteers weren't there? If you can spare some time, give Chief Tim Fleming a call at 703-971-5858 You'll meet some great people and be doing something very worthwhile!

Brighter Lights

You may have noticed brighter traffic lights recently. They are part of the Virginia Department of Transportation's Smart Traffic Signals System that is replacing 7,500 bulbs in the 3,750 signals throughout Northern Virginia. The new energy efficient lights are known as Light Emitting Diodes (LED). By October, motorists will see sharper reds and greens at all intersections. LEDs are small electronic lights, each one roughly the size of a pencil eraser. Unlike an incandescent bulb with a single filament that can't spread light evenly across a surface, the LED fills the entire 'hole' of the signal with hundreds of tiny points of light with equal brightness across the entire surface. They are not only brighter but also use considerably less electricity-15 watts instead of 130 watts--but last up to 10 years rather than one to two years. All this according to Mark Hagan, VDOT's signal systems manager.

Carl Sell

 

Lee District Nights at Lee District Park

Free summertime Wednesday night family concerts outdoors in the Amphitheater at Lee District Park. Featuring a wide variety of musical acts; from jazz to big band; from classic to blue grass; from swing to Cajun and German Bands.

All shows start at 7:30 pm

PROGRAM

June 5 Fairfax City Concert Band (Classic/Big Band)
June 12 Squeez Bayou (Cajun)
June 19 US Navy Band"Country Current" (Country)
June 26 Edwin Ortiz Orquestl La Romans (Salsa)
July 3 Iona (Celtic)
July 10 Pan Masters Steel Orchestra (Steel Band)
July 17 National Concert Band (Big Band)
July 24 Fairfax Symphony Summer Band (Classic)
July 31 Jaleo (Rock/Salsa)
Aug. 7 John McCutcheon (Folk)
Aug. 14 German Band "City of Fairfax" (German Music)
Aug. 21 Rhonda Winsent and The Rags (Bluegrass)
Aug. 28 The Fabulous Hubcaps (Rock & Roll)

 

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 703-922-8290. 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.

Elizabeth Lambertson

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