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Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
May 2003

 

President's Message

Congratulations to All the Winners in the 2003 Rose Hill Beauty Contest!

The judges have made their rounds and the winners in the 2003 Rose Hill Beauty Contest are available on MyRoseHill.com. In order to make sure all deserving properties are recognized, residents are urged to call any of the officers and let them know if you think we missed anyone.

Signs or update stickers will be made available free to RHCA members only. If you still have your sign and are a 2003 winner, we will have stickers available to update the year of the award. That way, we can recycle and save money!

If you are not a member and would like to have a sign, there is a $10 charge. And, you will be supporting the activities of your civic association. Contact any of the officers and we will make signs available as long as they last.

The signs and stickers have been ordered and will be made available as soon as they are received.

In addition to the houses in Rose Hill, the judges decided to award a sign to the Rose Hill Apartments. The clubhouse is an attractive feature as you enter our community and the apartment staff maintains the median on Rose Hill Drive.

Thanks to all of you who keep our community looking great. The value of our homes has soared in recent years and the excellent overall appearance of most of our community is one of the main reasons.

Those April showers sure brought out colorful May flowers! Remember just a few years ago when we were worried that the drought was going to ruin all the landscaping?

Rose Hill Uglies

Unfortunately, there are some properties that are poorly maintained, overpopulated and overwhelm the neighbors with vehicles. Your Civic Association is working with County authorities in an effort to improve those situations. It takes a long time, but we have had some success. We work with the police, fire marshal, zoning inspector, Health Department and the blight abatement program, pointing out apparent violations of various regulations. We remain committed to making Rose Hill a well-maintained community where property values do not deteriorate because of blight. On the bright side, there are a number of cases in which owners have made great improvements to property that had fallen into disrepair. We appreciate their efforts. In other cases, we have a long way to go. It is frustrating to see poorly maintained properties that make us all look bad and potentially could affect our property value. You can help by supporting your Civic Association’s efforts. Membership is the most effective way for you to help. The more voices we represent, the more success we will have.

Volunteer Recognition

The Rambler is delivered by volunteers. The Neighborhood Watch is made up of volunteers. Production of The Rambler, the website, and operation of your Civic Association is made possible by volunteers. It is long overdue that we recognize the folks who volunteer on behalf of their community. At the June 24, 2003 meeting, we will be holding a reception to present certificates of appreciation to all those folks who volunteer their time. We are hoping for a large turnout of members. You can help honor our volunteers by providing some cookies, brownies, chips, dip, or any other snacks for the reception. RHCA will provide coffee, tea, soft drinks and water. Please help make this reception a success. Call any of the officers and let us know what you can provide. The reception will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2002, in the community room at the John Marshall Library.

RHCA Flag on Capitol!

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We have received the large nylon flag that was flown over the United States Capitol on April 10, 2003. A certificate to that effect is shown above. The flying of the flag was donated by Congressman Moran’s office in the Rose Hill Shopping Center. It will be displayed on special occasions on the flagpole on the hill in Lee District Park overlooking Rose Hill Drive and Telegraph Road. At present, we are planning to raise the flag each Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, September 11, and Veteran’s Day. Any other suggestions? The Park Authority is refurbishing the flagpole and the shrubbery around it. When all is complete, we will schedule a dedication ceremony. The flagpole originally was donated to the Park Authority back in the mid-1970s.

More Members!

The following folks have joined RHCA since publication of the April Rambler:

  • Karen & Kent Boutilier, 4408 Roundhill Road
  • Jack Blush, 6607 Cottonwood Drive
  • Shirley Mae Collins, 6103 Leewood Drive
  • Robert & Karen Cleary, 4905 Silo Road
  • Donna & Ron Dillon, 4618 Winston Place
  • Joseph Finnegan, 6409 Hayfield Place
  • Raymond & Carola High, 4613 Cottonwood Place
  • Jack & Terri Kannofsky, 6512 Carriage Drive
  • Stephan & June Lefler, 6424 Carriage Drive
  • Craig & Debby Lelansky, 5004 Treetop Lane
  • Raymond & Evelyn Market, 4608 Mayor Place
  • Michael Musselman & Barbara Caines, 6317 Rose Hill Drive
  • Stephen & Brenda Phillips, 6408 Maryview Street
  • Burton & Debbie Slack, 4803 Apple Tree Drive
  • Mark & Dottie Snyder   , 6322 Maryview Street
  • Stien Van Egmond, 6508 Cottonwood Drive.
  • Ruth Ann & Jack Verell , 6215 Thornwood Drive

Our 2003 membership campaign is over. However, we always have room for one more member! If you are not sure if you joined or not, go to MyRoseHill.com and check the Rose Hill directory. Members are marked with an asterisk.

Thanks to all of you who care enough about your community to support your Civic Association. And special thanks to those who contributed to the maintenance of the flower bed at the entrance sign at Rose Hill Drive and Franconia Road and the refurbishing of the flag pole on the hill at Lee District Park overlooking Telegraph Road and Rose Hill Drive.

Rose Hill Directory

As mentioned above, you can access the Rose Hill Directory online at MyRoseHill.com. Click on the directory and follow the instructions. Last name and street in separate categories list residents. Thanks to Norm Cherkis and Jim Sapp for compiling and providing this valuable community service. If you are not online, we are printing a limited number of copies. They will be made available at the monthly meetings and will be distributed to RHCA members ONLY. The printed directory will identify RHCA members as of May 5, 2003. The online directory is constantly updated as information becomes available.

June 10 Primary

If you are confused by all those signs along the highway, here is the situation for voters in the Rose Hill precinct. There are only two races in Rose Hill, both on the Republican side. There are no Democratic primary races in Rose Hill or Lee District. Voters can choose between two candidates in both the races for the GOP nomination for Sheriff and Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. James A. Vickery squares off against Tyrone R. Morrow for the right to face incumbent Sheriff Stan Barry in November. Vickery is a former chief deputy sheriff in Fairfax while Morrow is a former major with the Fairfax County Police Department who was the commander of the Mount Vernon substation. In the race for chairperson, former chairperson Jack Herrity faces Mychele Brickner, at-large member of the School Board. The winner will face Gerald Connolly, current Providence District Supervisor, in November. Current chairperson Kate Hanley is not seeking reelection to that office.

Springfield Interchange Update Set for May 27 RHCA Meeting

SpringfieldRamp.jpg (24256 bytes)Everyone knows about those horrendous backups on the Beltway and Shirley Highway (395) as traffic tries to go South on I-95 at Springfield. Based on that, one would assume the northbound traffic on I-95 is just as heavy.

Wrong! Would it surprise you to know that more traffic coming north on I-95 goes west on the Beltway from Springfield rather than toward Washington or the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Well, that is the case, according to Virginia Department of Transportation counts.

Learn more about the Springfield Interchange construction at the May 27 meeting of the Rose Hill Civic Association at 7 p.m. at the John Marshall Library.

Have you marveled at the high overpass that will take traffic southbound on I-95? Did you know a slightly smaller overpass is going to built for the northbound I-95 traffic?

Although much work has been completed, there are major improvements still to come in Springfield. Come to the RHCA May 27 meeting and get the full story. Other area road-building projects and plans for future improvements also will be discussed.

We heard about the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project in March, now it is Springfield’s turn. And, by the way, did you know that the Route #1 interchange portion of the WW Bridge project will cost more than Springfield? Hard to imagine.

Finally, do any of you old timers recall where the first ‘Mixing Bowl’ was located?

Notes on Last Month’s Meeting and myRoseHill.com Update

We had two excellent presentations at the RHCA meeting last month:

Leon Plenty, General Manager, Lee District Park and RECenter, presented plans for a new sign for the entrance to Lee District Park. I have added a link to an artist concept of the proposed new sign to our webpage. Check it out, but please remember that it is only a proposal at this time. In addition, Leon, along with several members of his staff, presented some excellent information about their "computerized" Physical Fitness Center. Leon is also planning a "Rose Hill Night" to familiarize us with the REC Center facilities in the not too distant future. So stay tuned, I am sure you do not want to miss this important opportunity.

Kimberly Veal, a Registered Nurse and Patient Care Director, presented information about the services at the Inova Healthplex in Franconia-Springfield. The Healthplex includes a 24-hour emergency facility, numerous doctor's offices, and diagnostic services. I have added a link to the Inova Health System on our home page. This website contains a wealth of information that I am sure all of us could benefit from. The link can be found under the new heading "HEALTH & SAFETY."

Check out the updates on MyRoseHill.com and let me know of any suggestions to better our webpage.

—Jim Sapp

The Farmers’ Market Has Arrived

Friday, May 16, marked the inauguration of the 2003 Fairfax County Farmers’ Market here at the Kingstown Shopping Center. They set up in the parking lot directly in front of Panera Bread, The ABC Store, and Popeye’s and blocked off that throughway. It was cold, windy, and rainy, but business was just as brisk as the weather. Kingstown’s Farmers’ Market will be open every Friday from 4pm to 7pm through October 31 with vendors that include:

  • C&T Produce
  • Level Green Farm
  • Agoro’s House of Sweets
  • LynnVale Studios
  • CNJ Beekeepers
  • Claymont Community Farm, and
  • Colonial Kettle Corn.

Some vendors have signed up for the entire 5 month period, other’s only a limited time, depending on their crops. For best selection, come early and come often, and show your support for our local entrepreneurs.

—Marty Williams

RHCA Positions Available
(Volunteer, of course!)

Rambler Distributors

Person needed to pick up The Rambler from editor, have it printed (at Mail Boxes, Etc. in Kingstowne) and distribute copies to each route. Involves counting newsletters for the routes and separating into bags. This person also will be responsible for maintaining the roster of volunteers who deliver The Rambler. (All the mutes are presently covered and we have several standby substitutes.)

Commitment is about 3-4 hours over the Thursday-Saturday before the 4th Tuesday of each month that The Rambler is printed (September-November, January-June).

In addition, we are looking for someone to sell ads for The Rambler in order to help offset the costs of production.

Since Marty Williams has started as our new editor, she is looking for someone to take her delivery route of The Rambler. Delivery takes place the weekend before the 4th Tuesday of the month.

If you can help, please give Carl Sell a call at 703-971-4716.

 

The next Rambler deadline is June 13, 2003.
The next delivery weekend is June 21-22, 2003.

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 me at 703-924-7192. Artwork can be sent to marty-williams 2000@yahoo.com in tiff or jpeg format or hardcopy mailed to P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310. Checks made out to RHCA should be included with ads and sent to the P.O. Box.

Marty Williams

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