Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
May 2004

President's Message

Rose Hill’s 50th Birthday Party Set for September 18 in Park

Mark your calendars! Rose Hill’s 50th Birthday Celebration will be held on Saturday, September 18 at Lee District Park in the area overlooking Rose Hill Drive.

The hours will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Plans include a flag-raising ceremony, demonstrations by military color guards and drill teams and a blessing of the community by a representative of Pohick Church which was built by a Rose Hill resident in Colonial times.

Also, Fifties music and entertainment, Fifties dress and autos, vintage police and fire equipment, circus clowns, and maybe best of all, refreshments at 1954 prices. That includes hotdogs, hamburgers, pizza, soft drinks, and ice cream. We hope to get all or part of the food donated with then proceeds going to local charities.

If you have an idea for an addition to the menu, or would like to donate food, give us a call. We need rolls for the hotdogs, cones for the ice cream, hamburger meat and rolls, catsup, mustard, paper plates, and, oh yeah, napkins! Hopefully, we will get the soft drinks, cups, and ice from a local supplier. We already have commitments for the hot dogs and ice cream.

We are looking for more ideas to help keep us entertained for four hours. Oh, did I mention the Lee District Park carousel should be in operation? If we can get someone to gather prizes from local merchants, we can organize some contests to see who can eat the most hot dogs in one minute or who can eat a pizza the fastest!

All of this depends on your ideas and your willingness to help us organize the day. The object is to organize a small army of volunteers. Right now, we need help with the planning and securing the food, entertainment, and logistics. You will be in good company. Volunteers already include Jim Bradbury, Bev and Norm Cherkis, Myrna Downey, Marty Williams, Carolyn Slenska, Terrie Dacales, Linda Nichols, Donna Dillon and myself.

On the day of the event, we will need people to help with setup, organize events and games, cook the hot dogs and hamburgers, dip the ice cream cones, serve the soft drinks and pizza, and finally, help clean up the mess! After all, we want to leave only our footprints in our lovely park.

The event will begin with the blessing, presentation of the colors, and the raising of the flag that once flew over the United States Capitol. Following remarks by Congressman Jim Moran, who donated the flag to RHCA, there will be a demonstration by a precision drill team.

For the rest of the day, you can view the vintage cars and fire and police apparatus, listen to music, and view various other demonstrations by a spectacular array of talent arranged for your pleasure at practically no expense by RHCA!

We urge you to become involved in this exciting event. Come to the RHCA meeting on Tuesday, May 25, at 7 pm at the John Marshall Library and tell us how you can help. The more help we have, the less effort for all. Bring your ideas that will help make the program even bigger and better. Remember, this is a community event, so we have already overspent our limited budget. In other words, we are looking for FREE entertainment, demonstrations, etc.

One of the ideas to be discussed is the printing of tee shirts with our 50th logo that appears on the entrance signs. We could sell the shirts at a small markup to help offset some of the other costs we might incur.

Rose Hill Beauties

The 2004 Rose Hill Beauty award winners are included below. Those winners who are members of RHCA will receive yard signs in the next month or so. While making their rounds, the judges also noticed a large number of ‘For Sale’ signs. Judging by the prices and the quick sales, Rose Hill certainly has been a hot real estate market of late. Those who are leaving are either happily on their way to the bank or new living quarters, or both. The newcomers and those who are staying on can take pride in the fact that they live in such a popular community! RHCA hopes some of the newcomers will qualify for ‘Beauty’ signs next year. Thanks to each of you who maintain your property in great shape. If you think you or one of your neighbors was overlooked by the judges, please give any of the officers a call and we will take another look. We want to reward residents who work hard on the upkeep of their property. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so the more people looking the more awards we can give. And, do not forget we are quick to report rundown properties, zoning and health violations, and inoperable or improperly tagged autos.

Membership Update

Apologies to Dave and Robin Dodson of 6400 Wayside Place and David & Nancy Ridgeway of 4609 Cottonwood Place. Their names were left off the list of members in the April Rambler through no fault of their own. Since the April Rambler was written, the following residents have joined RHCA. Ruth Beatty, 6428 Rose Hill Drive; Ron & Donna Dillon, 4618 Winston Place; Adam & Kate Gillespie, 6507 Haystack Road; Kathleen Gregson, 6411 Rose Hill Drive; Kelli & Kevin Hoover, 6314 Saddle Tree Drive; Meredith Hunter, 6410 Maryview Street; Clifford & Barbara James, 6412 May Boulevard; Susan Kirby, 6313 Willowood Lane; Ollie King, 4512 Lark Lane; Robert & Elizabeth Kohm, 6424 Carriage Drive; Ronald & Katherine Lender, 6406 Rose Hill Drive; Pete & Lynn Luginbill, 6327 Rose Hill Drive; Rosemary & Don Lynch, 4619 Winston Place; But The Nguyen, 6512 Rose Hill Drive; Jane Parfitt, 6612 Cottonwood Drive; Jo Ann Ponce, 6203 Willowood Lane; Monica Reed, 6422 Rose Hill Drive; Ann Schappi, 4914 Treetop Lane; James & Marie Sherfey, 6415 Rose Hill Drive; Donald Stallings, 6407 Willowood Lane; Paul Turner, 4414 Roundhill Road; and Barbara Vereen, 6222 Thornwood Drive. Thanks to all for your support of RHCA!

Section III Update

The Board of Supervisors public hearing on the Special Exception to develop Rose Hill Park Section III is scheduled for Monday, June 7. The developer has agreed to all the conditions negotiated by RHCA. The County staff has added some words to the conditions that further strengthen our position. However, VDOT has come up with a demand that both ends of Split Rock Road be cul-de-saced, replacing the dead end barriers now in place. I have advised the County that the roads have been that way since the 1960s and I see no reason to go in and take down additional trees to install a cul-de-sac that serves no one. Hopefully, we will get that idea shot down prior to the Board hearing.

I have also advised the County that our #1 concern is the safety of existing homes. However, any work in the buffer that is mandated by a geotechnical review should be reported to RHCA and any area disturbed should be replanted with trees of a sufficient height to screen the neighbors. We will be working closely with the Department of Public Works and Environmental Management during the site plan and geotechnical process. No development can begin until a site plan is approved, and that’s at least six months away, probably much longer

To refresh your memory, the proposal is for 45 lots clustered on the 23 acres; not the 59 previously approved without clustering or buffer. The conditions include a buffer of at least 50 feet and an insurance policy to protect existing homes if the new construction causes any damage. And, if the geotechnical review results in the loss of any lots, they cannot be replaced elsewhere on the site.

And, we are up against a State law that will allow clustering rights on July 1. That could wipe out our buffer and insurance policy. However, the developer of Section III has agreed to abide by the conditions if the approval is granted prior to July. The developer could wait and then file a site plan without conditions. We appreciate the cooperation.

If you have any questions, give me a call at 703.971.4716. If you have access to the Internet, you can go to MyRoseHill.com, click on ‘Rose Hill Reserve,’ and the entire record is available to you, including maps and conditions.

—Carl Sell, RHCA President

Original Ramblers

My name is Connie Beatty. My husband, Frank, and our two children, Bonnie and Gary, moved from Presidential Gardens Apartments in Alexandria to Rose Hill Farms on December 15, 1954. We were one of the first five families to move here. The streets were not paved, no stores close by, and no streetlights. It really seemed like country!

We had one car. I worked at the Alexandria Post Office on the 3 to 12 midnight shift and my husband had to go each night to the pay phone near the model homes on Apple Tree Drive to find out if I had to work overtime so he would know when to come and bring me home. Since it was so near to Christmas and so busy at the Post Office, I only had one day off to move. Needless to say, we had a lot to do in one day.

My husband drove for the AB&W Transit Company owned by Mr. May who also once owned the Rose Hill properties. Later, my husband became a Manager of one of the Giant Food Stores.

As far as I can remember it took quite some time before we had telephones, paved roads, and streetlights.

We used to shop at the old Fitzgerald Store on Franconia Road where CVS is now located and the children loved to go to Wards Corner (which later burned down) and buy candy from the old fashioned glass sloped store counter.

My daughter, Bonnie, went to Cameron Elementary, Virginia Hills Elementary, Bush Hill Elementary, and finally to Rose Hill School, built in 1958.

My husband and son have passed away and my daughter has married and moved to Manassas. I have a granddaughter; Amy, and a great granddaughter, Alexis, and I still live in my comfortable rambler on Rose Hill Drive and love it here. Rose Hill is a wonderful place to live and I am proud to be part of this Community.

—Connie Beatty

Original Ramblers

Thanks for all your contributions!  But, we want more!  If you are one of Rose Hill's original owners, we'd love to print your story about how you came to live in Rose Hill. In connection with our 50th anniversary, we are trying to collect stories from all those who bought their houses in 1954-55. It doesn't have to be long and wordy or perfect English (I will help you with that), just as long as it comes from you. Even if you're not an original owner and have a stow to tell, we'd love to include it in the next Rambler. eMail me with your thoughts, notes, and stories (marty@fabrications.us), and put Rose Hill or The Rambler the subject line so I won't delete it. If you don't have access to eMail, you can mail it to the Association's P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310.

Hope to hear from you soon!
Marty Williams

Rose Hill Beauties 2004

Apple Tree Drive 4507, Nimjareansuk
4907, Collins
Mayor Place 4608, Market
4609, Cunniffe
Bee Street 4501, Lewis
4510, Robertson
4511, Borchevsky
Redwood Lane 6208, Hoey
Blossom Lane 6217, Digman
6221, Corbin
Rose Hill Drive 6270, Benarick
6300, Krause
6316, Noble
6328, Morris
6406, Lender
6421, Strah
6428, Beatty
6504, LaBoy;
6507, Medrano
6512, Nguyen
6514, Tonkphontong
6516, Kim
Carriage Drive 6423, Huynh
6435, Gries
6514, Pinkham
Roundhill Road 4402, Richey
4405, Kesler
4415, Beaty
4423, Bise
4429, Beach
4513, Worley
4604, Good
Cottonwood Drive 6302, Thomson
6304, Haas
6306, Stemple
6321, Heislap
6401, Butler
6410, Fulk
6416, Flahive
6509, Williams
6510, Suggs
6511, Eads
6512, Moore
6513, Ridgell
6610, Vincenzes
Rye Court 6400, King
Cottonwood Place 4612, unknown
4613, High
Saddle Tree Drive 6218, Cofer
6300, Cherkis
Dew Grass Drive 6120, Weber Silo Road 4907, Cashmire
Driftwood 6217, Eppolito Split Rock Road 4701, Thomas
4702, Prompol
4704, unknown
Flower Lane 4700, Kroetch
4701, Lynch-Upchurch
4800, Lyons
4803, Bernhart
Sturbridge Place 4517, Kick
Greendale Road 6707, Oakes
6708, Westgate
Telegraph Road 4516, Downey
Haystack Road 6422, Sapp
6424, Broxterman
6426, Avery
6503, Pfefferle
6510, Pulman
6511, Ciccotelli
6514, Flannagan
Thornwood Drive 6204, Shedd
6205, Kim
6206, Lewis
6207, Benitez
6208, Haupt
6211, Kim
6216, Tran
6217, Landes
Lark Lane 4517, Martin Wayside Place 6402, McKay
Leewood Drive 6001, McKay
6006, Jones
6107, Mann
6111, Friend
6118, Alston
6121, Ngheim
6122, Mayo
Willowood Lane 6328, Sookmeewiriya
6239, Saifuddin
6330, Greek
6416, Jencks
Maryview Street 6408, Phillips
6320, Fowler
6322, Snyder
6324, Hall
Winston Place 4617, Yereb

If you think we missed any property that deserves recognition, please give one of the officers a call. We want to reward everyone for keeping their property neat. If we have the wrong name, please call and correct our records. We will publish any updates and/or corrections in the June Rambler.

Family Volleyball
Lee District Park

Thursdays 6–8 pm, May through September
All Ages Welcome

703-971-0755
David and Linda Nichols

We Need Help!!

Our webmaster, Jim Sapp, and his wife recently sold their home and will be moving soon. We hope someone in the community with web experience will step up and help us out.

Also, our Rambler Distributor, Sarah Kolo, and her family will be moving soon. The job entails picking up The Rambler copies from The UPS Store, dividing them up for the individual delivery people, and getting those packages to their houses by Saturday morning, the weekend before the monthly meeting.

We’re also seeking someone to help deliver The Rambler 9 times a year. It’s an easy, part-time job, perfect for someone who likes to walk, including students, moms, and retirees.

Finally, we need someone to volunteer to sell ads for The Rambler. Spending just a few hours a month can yield big returns for your Civic Association. The rates are so reasonable, many businesses can’t resist.

Don’t forget, Carl Sell and Terrie Dacales will be stepping down from their Association positions next year. We are looking for a new president and vice president to step forward and take over the reigns and allow time for a "training" and sharing of knowledge period.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Marty Williams (703.924.7192) or Carl Sell (703.971.4716).

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@fabrications.us 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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