Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
RHCA Officers and Volunteers
Editor, The Rambler
RHCA, P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310
Drive-In, Sign-Up Dates Set for Traffic Petition
Although our canvassers are hard at work, we are aware that they won’t catch everyone at home as they make their rounds with the community traffic-calming petition. Therefore, we have set two dates on which you can drive up to the Rose Hill Elementary School entrance, sign the petition, and be on your way! (You want fries with that?)
Representatives of RHCA will be at the school from 9am to noon on Saturday, June 2, and again on Saturday, June 9. We need signatures from everyone EXCEPT those on the north side of Roundhill Road (from Climbhill to the school) and its cul de sacs, Thornwood Drive, Redwood Lane, Driftwood Drive, and Telegraph Road.
By signing the petition, you will be requesting consideration of remedial measures to reduce the speed of cut-through traffic on Rose Hill Drive and Cottonwood Drive between Split Rock Road and Rose Hill Drive. In response to additional complaints, RHCA will also be requesting the same consideration for other streets in the community. Your signature does not indicate your approval of any particular plan but supports the formation of a community task force that will evaluate and recommend remedial measures.
It is RHCA’s intention for all those interested to act as a committee of the whole and discuss the issue at regular meetings of the civic association. That way, everyone can be informed through The Rambler and our website, MyRosehill.com.
Gathering signatures for the petition is tough work. We would appreciate your cooperation with our volunteers. We could use some help on a number of streets, namely Willowood Lane, Leewood Drive, and Apple Tree Drive. Those three streets are prime candidates to be added to the study so we need your help if you live on any of them. Please give me a call at 703.971.4716.
Rose Hill Beauties
The judges have made their rounds and the list of the 2007 Rose Hill Beauties can be found on Page 4. Remember, only those who are members of the Association qualify to have the coveted ‘Rose Hill Beauty’ sign placed in their yard. Because there has been a large turnover in our community in recent years, our records are not as accurate as we would like. We apologize in advance if we have the wrong name at a particular address. Please call one of the officers listed to the left and we will correct it in the June Rambler. And, if you think we overlooked a specific property, please call it to our attention. Our goal is to reward all those who keep their properties looking great. Thanks to all of you who make the extra effort to make Rose Hill a great community. We’ll continue to pat you on the back while we also report those who don’t measure up because of lack of upkeep, overcrowding, too many cars, etc.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the paradise that Well and Anna Machmer know as their backyard at 6200 Willowood Lane. The Machmers are one of our original homeowners. Although they will get a Rose Hill Beauty sign for the front yard, it’s really the beauty behind the house that earns the award. You have to see it to fully appreciate it.
The yard looks just like one of those you might see in a flower and garden magazine but never thought it really existed. At the risk of making the Machmers tour guides, you really should stop by and see it. I’d recommend a call first. Their house is in the cul de sac section of Willowood that backs up to the power lines.
Tuesday, May 22 Meeting
Just like Open Mic night at a talent show, we want to hear from you at the May meeting. Come and share your ideas, concerns, and complaints with us. The meeting begins at 7pm in the community room of the John Marshall Library. The only way your association can keep on top of issues of importance to the community is to hear from its members. We’ll go over the programs and priorities of RHCA to make sure we are representing the community accurately. We’ll try to be in a position to update you on development issues and answer any questions you might have. If we don’t have the answer, we’ll try to find out and get back to you. Here’s your chance to tell us what you think!
We have added the following members since the April Rambler. Welcome to Nancy & Wilmer Anderson, 4500 Apple Tree Drive; Kathleen Gregson, 6411 Rose Hill Drive; Stanley & Paulette Martin, 4517 Lark Lane; Kevin & Kelli Hoover, 6314 Saddle Tree Drive; Tanya (Minto) and Jim Hudson, 6220 Climbhill Road; Frank & Marge McConnell, 6220 Thornwood Drive; Conrad & Haydee Oroc, 4703 Split Rock Road; C. Roy & Susan Poff, 6328 Maryview Street; and E. Wayne Ryan, 6518 Haystack Road. Remember, only RHCA members receive Rose Hill Beauty signs if their house is selected for the honor. It’s not too late to join. Just go to myrosehill.com, click on membership, print out the form, and mail it along with your check to RHCA, P.O. Box 10891, Franconia, VA 22310.
On Thursday, April 19, about 10:30pm, a 47-year-old pizza deliveryman was robbed in the 6200 block of Rose Hill Drive. The victim walked up to the apartment building where he was grabbed by a man and thrown to the ground. Two other men approached and began kicking and punching the victim. One of the men stole the victim’s wallet and pizza bag. The victim was not seriously injured. The suspects fled. They were described as black. One suspect was described as being about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed about 165 lbs. He was about 25 years old and wore a black, hooded sweatshirt. The Rite Aid store on Manchester Boulevard was robbed on April 25. There was a shooting around midnight on April 30 in the rear of the Toys R Us store on Kingstown Boulevard. Two groups in two cars, ages 16 to 20, were engaged in conversation when an argument broke out. One of the teenagers allegedly brandished a handgun and pointed it at another. A third teen stepped in front of the gunman and attempted to deflect the weapon. The gunman fired one round striking the teen in the hand. He was treated for non life-threatening injuries. The gunman and two accomplices fled. Two 18-year-olds have been arrested for robbing a 16-year-old of his cellular phone and iPod at the KFC/Taco Bell in Kingstown Center at about 11:30pm on April 27.
You might remember Master Police Officer Jim Nida from the Franconia Station. He provided that excellent Senior Safety Seminar at our February meeting. Officer Nida was among the officers who captured the person who robbed the BB&T bank on Commerce Street in Springfield on May 9. The man walked up to a teller, passed a note demanding money, and implied he had a weapon. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled the bank on foot. Officers observed a man who fit the description of the bank robber and the man attempted to run. He was apprehended after a short chase. The Springfield area resident was taken to the jail and charged with robbery. Congratulations to Officer Nida and his fellow officers.
Congratulations are also in order for PFC Alfredo Cerna of the Franconia Station and PFC Elizabeth Melendez of the Mount Vernon District for being selected to receive Excellence in Community Service and Public Safety Awards. The officers are being honored for their efforts to combat drinking and driving within the past year.
Meeting on Storm Flooding
The Supervisor’s Office and the County staff will present the results of a study concerning flooding in the Thornwood Drive area at 7:30pm on Wednesday, May 23, at the Franconia Government Center. Those invited have been notified by letter. RHCA attempted to schedule the presentation as part of its May 22 meeting. However, we were informed the date could not be changed. Storm drainage and flooding are a community-wide problem and it would have been helpful for everyone to be able to hear what has been learned about the system serving Thornwood Drive. Other streets in the area, such as Driftwood Drive and the lower portion of Roundhill Road, have experienced the same problem as they are part of the same system. If you are interested in hearing the presentation, I suggest you crash the meeting.
From the April 24 Meeting
The Rose Hill Originals cake before being sliced up by Connie Beatty, Rose Hill’s First Original
RHCA President Carl Sell unveiling the new
Washington, DC. Georgetown. The George Washington Parkway. The Washington Monument. Our area is full of tributes to our nation’s first president, George Washington. The Fairfax County Public Library now invites you to learn more about the man behind the myth through All Fairfax Reads.
All Fairfax Reads encourages adults to read and discuss the same book between May and September. As a tie-in to the celebration of Virginia’s history during this 400th anniversary year of the founding of Jamestown, our All Fairfax Reads book focuses on the most famous Virginian of all time. Check out: His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis.
“I have already read this book,” says Gerry Connolly, chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. “It turns Washington from a marble statue into a heroic human being who suffered and sacrificed for a sacred cause and prevailed because of his extraordinary persistence and endurance.”
A readers’ guide to “His Excellency,” along with details about related library events, are available at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/allfxreads/
—Fairfax County Public Library
The Fairfax County Police Department offers residents 55 years of age and older enrollment in the Mature Operator's Driver Improvement Program (MODIP). This eight hour course, which provides safe driving information, is sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and is presented by certified Fairfax County Auxiliary Police Officers. Upon completion of this course, drivers are eligible for the Virginia State-mandated insurance premium reduction (check with individual insurance carriers for the amount). The classes are normally held the second Saturday of each month at the Franconia District Station. The next seminar is scheduled at the Franconia District Station, located at 6121 Franconia Road, from 8am to 4pm on June 9. Registration is required and can be done by contacting the MODIP reservations line at 703.924.6588. The fee for this course is $10 per person for books and materials.
—Fairfax County Police Department
2007 Rose Hill Beauties
Apple Tree Drive
6304, Hass-Smith *
Dew Grass Drive
Rose Hill Drive
Split Rock Road
* RHCA member to receive sign
If we have your name wrong, please give one of the RHCA officers a call and we will correct it in the June issue of The Rambler. There has been a large turnover in Rose Hill in recent years and our records are not fully up to date. If you think we missed honoring you or one of your neighbors as a Rose Hill Beauty, please let us know and we will take another look.
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
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 703.924.7192. 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.
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