Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
RHCA Officers and Volunteers
Editor, The Rambler
RHCA, P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310
RHCA to Honor Community Veterans at Special Memorial Day Meeting
Although its monthly meeting will be one day after Memorial Day 2008 is celebrated nation-wide, RHCA will honor and remember our veterans and those currently serving in the Armed Forces. The May meeting of the Association will be held on Tues-day, May 27, at 7pm in the community room of the John Marshall Library. All living veterans and those currently serving are invited to attend and share their experiences. We also will honor the memory of those who lost their lives while serving their country or subsequently passed away with a special moment of silence and thankful recognition of their sacrifice.
If you have been looking for a public way to show your support for our veterans and current troops, plan to attend this special meeting. Those who served their Country, particularly those who gave their lives in order to keep us free deserve our gratitude and respect. Join your friends and neighbors in honoring them as part of our Memorial Day program.
As a special feature, we will hear from a member of the Armed Forces who recently returned from Iraq. Here’s a chance to hear a first-hand report from someone who has served in Iraq and interacted with the Iraqi people.
Information will be available on the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Memorials on the Mall in Washington. Hopefully, we will have a DVD presentation that shows overseas cemeteries such as Normandy and other World War II and World War I final resting place of those who gave their lives.
Refreshments in the form of cake and ice cream will be served to those who attend. Please join us in honoring our veterans, hear some of their experiences, and share camaraderie with your neighbors.
Rose Hill Beauties
The rainy start for the Spring of 2008 has produced a bumper crop of Rose Hill Beauties! Flowers bloomed in a dazzling array of color in our community. Although the rain played havoc with grass-cutting operations, it also produced lush, green lawns that accented the flowing shrubs. The list of properties being honored as ‘Rose Hill Beauties’ appears on Page 3. Congratulations to those who were selected. The judges readily admit they made have missed someone, given the magnitude of our large community. If you think your property or that of your neighbor should be on the list, call any of the RHCA officers, and the judges will take another look. Remember, only members of RHCA receive the coveted Rose Hill Beauty signs to display in their yard. In an effort to save money, we will update the year with stickers for those who have saved their sign from last year. If you still have your sign, please leave it in place so we can update the year. We’ll be around soon with signs and stickers. During the year, we spend a lot of time reporting violations at addresses that do not present our community in a positive light. It is with great pride that we note that one of this year’s ‘Beauty’ winners was formerly a problem address. If we see or hear about a problem, we report it. At the same time, we are pleased to give a pat on the back to those who keep their properties looking great and help make Rose Hill a great place to live.
2008 Rose Hill Beauties
Apple Tree Drive
4520, Stinnette *
Dew Grass Drive
6424, Broxterman *
Rose Hill Drive
Saddle Tree Lane
Split Rock Road
Lower Assessment? Thank a Member
Many Rose Hill property owners have received a third notice from Fairfax County that actually lowers the assessed value of their property and, therefore, could mean lower taxes even though the annual rate has been raised three cents. This welcome, if not unprecedented, news is a direct result of our RHCA meeting with the tax assessors in March. A large, orderly, and vocal crowd of RHCA members convinced the County representatives that prices had fallen more than the County estimated. As a result, a new analysis of home prices in Rose Hill showed that values had gone down and, therefore, the assessments should also decrease. It all goes to prove that you can fight City Hall and win if you are organized and have the facts on your side. Although assessments and taxes are a volatile issue, our members were extremely respectful yet forceful in their discussions with the representatives of the assessor’s office. As a result, most everyone in Rose Hill came out a winner. If you ever wonder why it is important to have an effective Civic Association, this issue should erase any doubts. We continue to work on numerous issues that directly affect our community. Resolution of problems most often takes time, but we usually are successful. If you are not already a member of RHCA, won’t you help by joining the team? If you are unsure if you are a member or not, check the membership list at myrosehill.com.
More New Members
Welcome Ron & Nancy Buzalsky, 4434 Roundhill Road; Walter & Julia Calhoun of 4523 Apple Tree Drive; Jane & Margo Cunniffe, 4609 Mayor Place; Brian & Mary Ellen Duy, 6309 Climbhill Road; Jack & Terry Kannofsky, 6512 Carriage Drive; Paulette and Stanley Martin, 4517 Lark Lane; Joe & Joyce Ruggero, 6310 Saddle Tree Drive; and E. Wayne Ryan, 6518 Haystack Road as 2008 members of the Rose Hill Civic Association. Jack and Terry Kannofsky have moved to Greenspring after 42 years in Rose Hill. Although sorry to lose long-time friends, RHCA wishes them well in their new home.
There were two incidents involving numerous police in Rose Hill within the last month. On April 24, police charged a 14-year-old for bringing a knife onto school property at Rose Hill Elementary. The incident occurred around 5:30pm after school had closed for the day. The youngster was being questioned on a separate, unrelated incident when officers discovered a knife in a flower pot. The suspect was sitting beside the flower pot and allegedly buried the knife in the soil. In the other event, which happened in the after-noon of May 6, a subject with an outstanding warrant was arrested on Telegraph Road across from Split Rock Road after a search that involved officers, the canine corps, and the police helicopter. The subject fled a known location before the officer’s arrival but later was taken into custody without incident.
A growing number of Rose Hill residents have joined in RHCA’s campaign to report various violations of zoning, excessive noise, high grass, unlicensed vehicles, and vehicles that have out-of-state license tags. For zoning violations such as overcrowding, vehicles parked in the front yard, trash or debris, code violations such as construction without a permit, illegal business operation, call zoning enforcement at 703.324.1300. Use the same number to report excessive noise, including barking dogs, between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. For all other times, call the police non-emergency number at 703.691.2131. If grass at a specific address is more than 12 inches tall, the number to call is 703.324.1937. For inoperative, unlicensed, or lack of valid inspection sticker on vehicles parked on the street, call 703.691.2131. If they are on private property and can be seen from any property line, call the police traffic division impound section at 703.280.0587. It is illegal to park cars on the median strip between the sidewalk and the street on Rose Hill Drive. If you see a violator, call the police non-emergency number at 703.691.2131. You can report vehicles that are parked in our community for any length of time that have out-of-state license tags. Report them online at fairfaxcounty.gov/dta. Click on other tax information, then on tax evaders to call up the reporting form. If you are uncomfortable reporting any violation, contact RHCA and we will file a complaint in the name of the Association. In some cases, we will send a friendly letter to the homeowner, particularly if it is a first offense. Our collective diligence will result in maintaining Rose Hill as a great place to live.
Volleyball season has started at Lee District Park. The sand court is located just this side of the batting cages. We play from 6pm ’til dark every Thursday until the end of September. Come and bring a friend for a time of exercise and fellowship. All ages welcome. Hope to see you there. David and Linda Nichols. Call us for info 703.971.0755
Special Ocean City Beach Rental for RHCA Members
Rent a two-bedroom, two bath condo in North Ocean City in July. Four blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in a quiet residential neighborhood. The small complex has a pool. The condo is fully furnished with all the creature comforts. Dates in July from Sunday to Sunday (to avoid beach traffic). OC is only a half tank of gas away and there is 24-hour public transportation on Ocean Highway. Take your bike(s). Special price for RHCA members. References from other Rose Hill residents who are regulars are available. You won't beat the price in OC. Call Carl Sell at 703.971.4716 or email email@example.com.
FYI: Attention Seniors: Fairfax County Police Want You!
The Police Department is reaching out to county residents over 55 years of age, who are interested in serving on new Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) councils. These groups will serve the important function of helping to enhance the relation-ship between law enforcement and this fast-growing demographic.
The focus of the new councils will be to enhance law enforcement's response to crime-related issues experienced or feared by older residents. The Police Department wants to hear first-hand from older residents about any of their unmet needs and quality of life issues. It is anticipated that these councils will play an important role in helping guide police department programs and policies.
Potential members should be willing to express their concerns about crime issues and may be asked to help share police-related information with their peers. The councils will be based in local police districts, with meeting times and spaces to be coordinated with local district officers. Police plan a training component to the councils to help new members better understand the police department and its function in the community.
The Fairfax County Police Department places a high priority on meeting needs of the senior community and welcomes them into their planning process.
For more information on SALT councils, or to volunteer, call 703.246.4564. You will be directed to your local crime prevention officer.
Recycle Your Ink Cartridges for Rose Hill
Staples gives $3 for recycling certain ink and toner cartridges. Rose Hill has earned about $200 so far. Ink cartridges can be dropped off in the white bin in the lobby. Please send in only name brands of Dell, Lexmark or HP.
If you have larger toner cartridges, please contact Anne Holic at Anne.Holic@verizon.net for drop-off information. Thanks for recycling and helping the school!
IB Connections Summer Camp
The IB Connections Summer Camp faculty is pleased to announce the fifth year of summer enrichment designed to engage students in IB higher-level thinking skills.
Dates: Monday, June 23 - Friday, June 27
Time: 9am - 1pm
Place: Thomas A. Edison High School
Theme: “It’s Easy Being Green”
IB Connections Summer Camp is open to all rising 9th - 12th grade Edison students.
For registration information, please contact: Dr. Linda Blair, 703.924.8047 or Linda.Blair@fcps.edu; or Ms. Kimberley Daly, 703.924.8248 or Kimberley. Daly@fcps.edu.
Positions Available — Volunteer, of course
Rambler Distributor Requirements: 2-3 hours a month, transportation to Kingstowne and around the neighborhood, ability to count. Contact Marty Williams, 703.910.6316 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Rambler Editor Requirements: proofreading, editing, experience with a layout software program. Contact Marty Williams, 703.910.6316 or email@example.com. Webmaster Requirements: knowledge of website design, development, and maintenance. Contact Jim Sapp, firstname.lastname@example.org
RHCA loves its volunteers ... it wouldn’t BE without them.
Get Involved ... Your Community Needs You!
Kingstowne Farmers Market
Fridays, 4 to 7pm, through October 24 in the parking lot near the Sunoco service station.
All products sold at the Farmers Market are produced by the vendors within 125 miles of Fairfax County. Buy local and support sustainable agriculture in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. You will find the freshest and most desirable fruit, vegetables, plants, baked goods, eggs, dairy, and meats available.
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"
Quarter page size
3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
Half page size
7 1/2" x 4 3/4"
Full page size
7 1/2" x 9 3/4"
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 703.910.6316. 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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