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Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
May 2006

President’s Message

RHCA To Honor Fallen Detective at May 23 Meeting

The Rose Hill Civic Association will honor the memory of Detective Vickie Armel, the Fairfax County Police Officer who was killed May 9 outside the Sully Police Station. Detective Armel was the first officer to be killed in the line of duty by an assailant in the 66-year history of the department. RHCA will observe a moment of silence in her honor.

Detective Armel left a husband, also a Fairfax County police detective, and two elementary school aged children. The Police Department has established a trust fund for the Armel family. RHCA will be accepting donations for the fund at the May meeting. Those who contribute will receive a blue ribbon, the police symbol of respect and remembrance of a fallen officer. The size of each donation isn’t important, but the number of donors is.

We also will pray for the recovery of Officer Michael E. Garbarino, who was shot five times as he sat in his police cruiser outside the Sully Station. As of this writing, Officer Garbarino remains hospitalized in critical condition and, at the very least, faces a long recovery. If a fund is established to aid Officer Garbarino, RHCA will make a contribution in the name of its members.

Please plan to attend the meeting beginning at 7pm and make a contribution as a gesture of sup-port for all our police officers. If you can’t attend, you can send a contribution directly to the Armel Family Trust Fund, c/o Fairfax County Federal Credit Union, 4201 Members Way, Fairfax, VA 22030. This is the only authorized fund for the Armel family. Sadly, the police have received reports of phone solicitations seeking donations in the name of the deceased detective.

Ironically, Detective Armel was killed just hours after a ceremony at Fairfax County Police headquarters that kicked off a week-long nationwide program to memorialize police officers killed in the line of duty. The national memorial in Washington, DC, now will include the name of Detective Armel.

While we will be honoring the memory of Detective Armel and praying for the recovery of Officer Garbardino, we will also be showing our support for all the officers, including those at the Franconia District Station and the Sheriff’s Department where Armel worked before joining the police force. We depend on them to enforce our laws, so support of this time of grief would be meaningful.

Rose Hill Beauties

The 2006 list of Rose Hill Beauties appears on Page 4. Signs will be delivered within a few weeks to RHCA members whose properties were selected. Since the cost of the signs is paid by RHCA memberships, only members will receive them. The list is longer this year than in the past, reflecting the general overall improvement in the community’s appearance. We had a large number of judges this year and we greatly appreciate their help. However, that doesn’t mean we might have missed someone. If you think your property or that of one of your neighbors belongs on the list, we’ll take another look. The goal is to recognize everyone who makes an effort above and beyond just general maintenance. There are many repeat ‘Beauties’ and we thank our long-time residents for their effort. Since Rose Hill has had a tremendous turnover in homeowners in recent years, it’s great to see so many newcomers working to improve the look of their property. On that note, we’d like to single out Marlene Hass Smith at 6304 Cottonwood Drive. She is continuing the tradition of a great-looking property nurtured by Helen Hass, who passed away last year. Those that don’t keep up their property stick out like a sore thumb. And you can rest assured that RHCA will continue to report violations of County law that detract from all the beauty of our community.

Rose Hill Reserve

I have been informed by the County’s Chief Geotechnical Engineer that a decision regarding the site plan for Rose Hill Reserve is imminent. By the time you read this, RHCA may have later information. Check our website at or come to the May 23 meeting at 7pm at the John Marshall Library for the latest information. As you may recall, the County had earlier sent the plan back to the owner’s engineer for additional work. That came about as the result of a walk of the property by representatives of the County and RHCA back in January. At that time, RHCA issues involving water runoff, marine clay, and the width of the buffer in a specific area were unresolved. We are approaching the two-year mark since the Board of Supervisors approved the Special Exception that allowed the owner to submit a site plan for 45 new homes on the 22 acres. Previous zoning called for 59 lots, but no site plan had been approved. The Special Exception for the 45 lots will expire at the end of this year unless it is extended by the Board of Supervisors. Those of you who live on lots bordering the site would do well to take the time to review the conditions of the Special Exception because they contain protections for your property if you take advantage of them. As always, please call or e-mail me if you have any questions. Better yet, come to the meeting on May 23rd for an update on where we stand.

Wilson Bridge Update

It won’t be long before traffic on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge will be shifted to the first of the new spans. Northbound, or Outer Loop, traffic will be switched in mid-June and southbound or Inner Loop traffic in mid-July. Each traffic switch will be implemented over a full weekend, during which time one direction of the Beltway/95 will be constricted to a single lane. The operations will be somewhat similar to the Beltway shift that was completed last summer. The new span will carry both north and southbound traffic until the second new bridge opens in 2008. Since each new span has six lanes, the same amount of traffic can be accommodated on the new single span as the old bridge. Soon after the traffic is transferred onto the first new bridge, demolition of the existing bridge will begin in July. The Virginia approach and drawbridge portions will be demolished first and approximately one year later the Mary-land approach will be demolished. The new drawbridge offers an additional 20 feet of clearance over the river channel when closed and, therefore, will not have to open as often as the old. Currently, the bridge opens approximately 260 times a year. The new bridge will open and close some 60 times a year and will operate considerably faster. For example, it will take the bridge only 90 seconds to open and another 90 seconds to close. The average traffic stop will be approximately 13 minutes for opening, vessel clearance, and closing. For more information, go to

More RHCA Members

The following memberships have been received: Nancy and Wilmer Anderson, 4500 Apple Tree Drive; Donna Beaty, 4415 Roundhill Road; Jack Blush, 6607 Cottonwood Drive; Lee and Carole Davis, 6314 Climbhill Road; Ed Funk, 4428 Roundhill Road; Mike and Wanda Nelson, 4425 Roundhill Road; Son and Kim Nimtareansuk, 4507 Apple Tree Drive; Marlene Hass Smith, 6304 Cottonwood Drive. The full list of members is on our website, If you wish to join for 2006, you’ll find the membership form there also.

A Gift From Wal Mart

RHCA member Lois Corbin of Blossom Lane works as a greeter at the Kingstowne Wal Mart. She noticed that RHCA was soliciting donations to help offset classroom costs at Rose Hill Elementary. So…….Lois mentioned it at work, knowing that each Wal Mart supports worthy community activities. It wasn’t long before Lois had a check from Wal Mart made out to Rose Hill Elementary. Thanks, Lois! Thanks, Wal Mart! You can thank Lois personally if you visit the Kingstowne Wal Mart in the evenings. She’s usually the first person you meet when you enter the store.

Friendly Reminders

With Daylight Savings Time in effect and school nearing its end for the year, we again remind Rose Hill residents to watch out for walkers and joggers crossing at our many intersections. And, keep a sharp eye out for youngsters. Parents are asked to caution their kids about playing in the street. We don’t want any unfortunate accidents. Several residents have asked that people be reminded to keep their grass cut and their dogs as quiet as possible. There are County laws governing both, so be forewarned. And remember, RHCA tries to keep inoperable vehicles and piles of trash from cluttering our community. If you don’t respond after a friendly reminder in the mail, we will complain to the proper authorities.

—Carl Sell

1950s Rose Hill Originals

Here is the latest list of Rose Hill Originals from the 1950s who still are represented in the community or reached the 50-year level. The criteria are simple: These folks moved into a new house and they are still there or moved to another location in the community. We are beginning to make plans for a suitable plaque to honor our Originals, so let us know if there are any additions or corrections. Once this list is completed, we will move on to honor those folks who moved into new homes in the 1960s.


Connie and Larry Beatty


Twila and Essie Noble, Well and Ann Machmer, Jean and William Stemple, Jean and Robert Thomson, Helen Wagness, Alice and Edward Holloman, George and Doris Krapf, Pearl Butler, Tom and Wanda Violette


Bev and Tom Eppolito, Ray and Harris Bobby Stone, Kae and John Furneisen


Mike and Bea Evans, Macy Watts, Mary and Ken Mann, Beatrice Mulvey


Dorothy and Joseph Turner, John and Jane Madaris, Tony and Millie Lane


Helen and Robert Flahive, Jane Letsche, Jack and Dot Moore, Raymond and Evelyn Market, Russell, Phyllis and Jack Blush

—Update May 8, 2006

2006 Rose Hill Beauties
(Click to view winners)

If we misspelled your name, or have the wrong name at the right address or vice versa, please call any of the officers or The Rambler editor and we will correct it in the June Rambler. If you think we overlooked your property or that of one of your neighbors, please give us a call and we’ll take another look. Our goal is to honor all of those who maintain their property above and beyond the call of duty! 

Rose Hill Original Jack Blush – In His Own Words

I was 7 years old when my first memories of Rose Hill come to mind. My parents Russell and Phyllis Blush had made a commitment to buy a new home being built in the “New Section” of Rose Hill Farms, on Cottonwood Drive. My dad, who was an Engineer at the rank of Major in the US Army and stationed at Fort Belvoir, decided it was time to buy a house, off base, to raise his family.

After a week of heavy rains, following church one Sunday afternoon, the family headed north to check the progress at the new house. As I recall, the pavement stopped part of the way down the hill on Cottonwood. We were in the back of the family wagon, my sister Kathy and I, and the road was nothing but mud and clay. As we started to slide my Dad said, “Don’t worry, we’ll just slide all the way down the hill and come back out onto Telegraph at the bottom.” Only there was one big we slid around to the left onto Split Rock, we came to a huge trench across the entire road for the sewer line. WE WERE STUCK! So the car stayed there and off came our shoes and socks. We got a first hand view of the muddy construction project that became our home at 6607. A tractor pulled the car out some days later.

Kathy and I swam at Rose Hill Swim Club and went to Rose Hill Elementary, Mark Twain Middle, and Edison High schools. My father retired from the Army as a Colonel and taught Officer Candidate School until his untimely death in 1969. My mom went to work at Mount Vernon Realty to support us kids. After going to the College of William & Mary, I came back home to work in the Washington area, got married, and bought my childhood home from my mother in 1984. Renovation and additions brought the next generation of Blush’s to the original family address. My mom said, “I can’t believe that I lived in this house for 25 years—it feels like a completely different home.” Mom bought a condo in Kingstowne and worked until the day she passed away in 1985. Her love is felt in this family home, every day, on Cottonwood Drive. When a car comes speeding down the hill, I can still hear my Dad bellow out “SLOW DOWN—there are kids playing here!!!”

I have raised two sons in this house, Phillip and Eric, off to college they go; so far so good. I think my parents had the right idea!

—Jack Blush

Calling All Volunteers!

  • The Rambler needs walkers. Can you spare 9 hours a year? We need people to deliver The Rambler door-to-door the 9 months a year it’s printed. That’s January through June and September through November. Can you help? If interested, please call Don Lynch at 703.971.3836.   Of course, if you’d like to volunteer for anything else your civic association is involved in, please contact any of the officers listed on the front page.

  • Volleyball season has started at Lee District Park. The sand court is located just this side of the batting cages. We play from 5:45 ’til dark every Thursday until the end of September. Come and bring a friend for a time of exercise and fellowship. Hope to see you there.  David and Linda Nichols

  • Kingstowne Farmer’s Market is Back!    Every Friday, 4-7pm, in the parking lot next to Uno’s

  • Lee District ReCenter is looking for a few good men and women. Volunteering there really pays four hours/week and your use of the facility is free! Contact Mike Guinard at 703.922.9841.


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. for the world to see.

Anyone interested in placing an ad may call the editor (me) at 703.924.7192. 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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