Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
Kick Off for RHCA 2003 Membership Drive
Since the Rose Hill Civic Association does NOT meet in December, there will NOT be a Rambler next month. Therefore, we are kicking off our 2003 membership drive in the November Rambler. Inside, you will find a membership application. Please fill it out and mail it, along with your dues and contribution, to RHCA at your earliest convenience.
The $10 yearly dues covers the cost of printing the Rambler, providing the cell phone for Neighborhood Watch, the Post Office Box, conducting the Rose Hill Beauty and Holiday Lighting contests and contributions to area charities and events. RHCA depends on volunteers to cover the Neighborhood Watch and deliver the Rambler. Our web site at myrosehill.com is provided courtesy of Jim Sapp. Woody Betts volunteers to coordinate Neighborhood Watch while Donna Beaty donates her time signing up new watchers and making the schedule.
The Association also asks for contributions to maintain the plantings at the community entrance sign at the corner of Rose Hill Drive and Franconia Road. The plantings are changed several times per year at a cost of approximately $600. In 2003, the Association has committed to refurbishing the marker and a new flag for the pole on the hill at the entrance to Lee District Park. The marker, pole and flag originally were provided to the park by RHCA some 25 years ago.
Your voluntary contribution in addition to the $10 dues will be greatly appreciated and will assist RHCA in continuing to improve the image of our community. A rededication ceremony will be scheduled when the new marker and flag are in place, hopefully in the spring of 2003.
Residents also should be aware that in order to receive a yard sign designating them as a "Rose Hill Beauty" in 2003; they will have to be a member of the Association. Non-members will receive recognition in the Rambler only. Since dues are used to purchase the signs, it seems only fair for distribution to be limited to members. All Holiday Lighting winners will receive certificates and recognition in the Rambler.
Names of those who join the Association will be printed in the Rambler, starting with the January issue. The membership drive will continue through the first quarter of the year. Your early swing up will help RHCA meet its financial commitments the first part of 2003.
Please fill out the on-line application and put it in the mail at your earliest convenience.
Neighborhood Watch Needs Volunteers
Our excellent Neighborhood Watch program is in need of volunteers.
If you can spare a few hours during 2003, we can use your help and lessen the burden on others. We do ask that you attend a police-sponsored orientation program and then commit to approximately four hours of service durin9 a six-month period. Call Nei9hborhood Watch Coordinator Woody Betts at 703-971-0520 or contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Case of the Missing Signs Takes a Mysterious Turn
The Rose Hill Civic Association's "Slow Down, We Report Speeders" signs both disappeared on Friday night, Nov. 8. One was located on Cottonwood Drive and the other was at the intersection of Willowood Lane and Saddle Tree Drive.
The police were notified and R-HCA offered a reward on its web site. Six days later, Nov. 14, one of the signs reappeared in the median of Rose Hill Drive at the John Marshall Library. It is not known how the sign got from its original location to Rose Hill Drive. As of this writing, one of the signs is still missing. Hopefully, it will reappear and be put back to work warning motorists that RHCA is serious about its campaign to slow down traffic in the community.
The signs will be secured and replaced on side streets in Rose Hill that are plagued by unthinking motorists who put all of us at risk. The police do a great job with the radar on Rose Hill Drive. The signs are designed to help cut down on speeding on our side streets where there is not enough traffic to justify a police and radar presence.
If the perpetrators of the stolen sign caper think they are going to end RHCA's campaign against speeding, they are sadly mistaken. We are determined to stop speeding on our side streets before one of our neighbors or children is involved in an accident, either in their car or on foot, caused by one of these thoughtless individuals. We ask that all residents join us in this campaign.
If you see a speeder on your street, get the license number and report it, along with the date and time of the violation, to the police emergency number of 703-691-2131. We have been assured that the police will send the owner of the vehicle a warning letter. Multiple letters could result in prosecution.
By the way, we have reported the license number of a car that was seen in the vicinity of one of the signs the night it disappeared. The owner of that car can expect a visit by the police.
We still are missing one of our meeting announcement signs that disappeared from the corner of Lark Lane and Rose Hill Drive in late September. If you have any information about either of the missing signs, please contact the police at 70-691-2131. RHCA is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever stole those signs!
The good news is that 1,661 persons in the Rose Hill precinct voted in the November 5 election. The bad news is that almost that many registered voters in the Rose Hill precinct failed to exercise one of their most precious freedoms by not showing up at the polls. Let's try to do better next year!
Here are the results for Rose Hill precinct:
Governor Mark R. Warner
State Capitol. Third Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Delegate Tom Bolvin
6422 Grovedale Road
Franconia, VA 22310
Senator Jay O'Brien
P.O. Box 7202
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Delegate Kristen J. Amundson
P.O. Box 143
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
Senator Patsy Ticer
City Hall 2007
Alexandria, VA 22314
Delegate Marion Van Landingham
301 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3211
Senator Toddy Puller
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
In the voting for United States Senator from Virginia, incumbent Republican John Warner received 1,213 votes. Independents Nancy Spannaus and Jacob G. Hornberger received 154 and 128 votes, respectively. Incumbent Democrat James P. Moran received 938 votes in the race for Virginia's Eighth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Republican challenger Scott Tate had 660 votes and Independent Ronald V. Crickenberger 27. Democrat Rosemary Lynch polled 819 votes to GOP Delegate Jay O'Brien's 800 in the battle for the 39th District seat in the Virginia Senate.
The proposed half cent sales tax increase for transportation was defeated in Rose Hill, 856-769. All the bond issues passed. Rose Hill precinct voters approved a $900 million state bond for education by a 1,126-419 margin and a $119 million state bond for parks and open space by a 1,106-435 margin. Fairfax County bonds for public safety ($60 million) and parks ($20 million) also received favorable votes in Rose Hill. The public safety bond passed by a margin of 1,160-410 while the park bond was successful by a 1,134-448 count.
The two proposed amendments to the Virginia Constitution also received favorable votes in Rose Hill. An amendment that would allow convicted felons to introduce DNA evidence after trail as proof of innocence passed by a 1,109-436 margin. Another that would allow the General Assembly to exempt property that is used for charitable purposes passed 1,006-542.
All of the votes in Rose Hill, with exception of the State Senate race, mirrored the actual outcome. That election, which filled a seat created by redistricting, was for a one-year term. The seat will be on the ballot in 2003 for a full four-year term. Also next year, the entire Virginia House of Delegates, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County School Board will be among the races to be decided by the voters.
The State Legislature is studying a proposal that would eliminate the state tax age deduction of $6,000 for seniors 62 years of age and $12,000 for seniors over 65. The proposal is part of a Joint Subcommittee to Study and Revise Virginia's State Tax Code. For example, the elimination of $6,000 for a 62-year-old individual to $24,000 for a 65-year old couple, could increase state income taxes by $345 to as much as $1,300! You are encouraged to express your views on the age tax deduction recommendation by writing, calling or e-mailing Governor Mark Warner, Delegate Tom Bolvin and Senator Jay O'Brien, as well members of the General Assembly from neighboring districts. For your convenience, we are providing the names, addressees and e-mail of fax numbers for those state legislators and the governor.
Holiday Lighting Contest
Rose Hill residents are encouraged to decorate and light up their homes for the 2002 holidays. Your Association will be rewarding those properties with excellent or unusual displays with certificates at our January meeting. The winners will be listed in the January Rambler. If you would like to help judge this year's contest, or want to nominate any of your neighbors for an award, please contact one of the officers. The judges will be making their rounds in the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. We suggest you leave your displays illuminated until at least 9:30 p.m. that week. Last year, we missed a couple of displays because the lights were out. It normally takes more than two hours to tour the community and we don't start until after dinner. In recent years, Rose Hill has earned a reputation as the local community with the most holiday spirit. Do your part by making 2002 our best year ever!
Koinonia Needs Your Help
The Koinonia Foundation helps needy families in the Rose Hill area over the holidays. You can help Koinonia by making a donation of either cash or food baskets. The organization provides food baskets to needy families and Christmas gifts to children of these families in the East Springfield-Franconia-Kingstowne areas over the holidays. RHCA traditionally makes a cash contribution to the campaign. If you wish to donate a food basket, it is important that you contact Koinonia's Holiday Food Coordinator by Dec. 13. This will help Koinonia determine how many families it can serve. Contact Holiday Food Coordinator Barbara Hummelt at 703-924-0933 for details. For gifts, bring unwrapped NEW toys and gifts for children to the Koinonia office at 6037 Franconia Road by December 13. For information call 703-971-1991 between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday. Help make this a Merry Christmas for everyone by contributing to this very worthy cause in our community.
The property at 4509 Apple Tree Drive has been deemed uninhabitable by the Health Department. The property is posted with a no trespassing sign and residents are asked to report any intruders. The Health Department has been unable to locate the owner in order to encourage rehabilitation of the structure. If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of the owner, please contact RHCA so we can pass it on to the Health Department. The house has been the object of numerous criminal activities over the years and several arrests have been made there. If you see anyone in or around the house, the Health Department asks that you call 911 immediately. RHCA has contacted the county's Blight Abatement program in an effort to get this property improved. Under a law passed recently, the county can rehabilitate the property and then sell it to recover the cost of the repairs. Any profit would be passed on to the owner. There are several other blighted properties in Rose Hill where the owners are being encouraged to make the necessary repairs so that the county will not have to step in as described above. RHCA is taking an active role in pointing out those properties that detract from the overall beauty and value of the community. We think you will begin to see activity at several long-neglected properties. If you have any questions, give me a call at 703-971-4716.
Highland Park Update
Morris Construction Company has submitted a site plan to Fairfax County for 10 single- family homes on a portion of the Highland Park pool site to be known as "Highland Estates." A copy of the plan will be available at the November 26th RI-ICA meeting. After review of the plan, RHCA will communicate its concerns to the County. Those concerns center around Morris Construction's plans to install a large number of pilings in order to stabilize the marine clay on the site. The previously submitted soils report for the site recommends the pilings in order to accommodate new construction. RHCA wants to know what effect the development will have on surrounding properties that also are subject to the pressure of marine clay. Extensive grading of the site also is recommended in the soils report. On behalf of the neighbors on Maryview Street, RHCA wants to know what sort of truck traffic can be expected during the period when clearing and grading are taking place. If you have an interest in this development, plan to attend the November 26th meeting and view the site plan.
Heritage Academy Update
The Fairfax County Planning Commission and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, heeding the recommendation of RHCA and the Lee District Plan Review Task Force, has denied an increase in density for the Heritage Academy site on May Boulevard. The owners of the school had asked that the planning density be increased to 4-5 units per acre. The site is now zoned R-3, the same as the rest of Rose Hill. That means approximately 2.5 units per acre could be built on the five-acre site. Heritage occupies the old Meadowview Swim Club. Part of the site was planned for private recreation and the rest for 2-3 dwelling units per acre. The new plan will classify the entire site as being planned for residential at 2-3 units per acre, the same as all of Rose Hill. If the owner decides to build houses on the site at the R-3 level, no public hearings will be held. A site plan will be necessary to ensure development meets the technical requirements of the County. RHCA will continue to monitor the site in order to make sure any development is compatible with the zoning regulations and the community.
The next Rambler deadline is January 12, 2002.
The next delivery weekend is January 25-26.
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 703-922-8290. 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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