Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
November 2003

President's Message

Rose Hill will Hit the Big 50 In 2004; Celebration Planned

Your community will be 50 years old next year! The Rose Hill Civic Association is looking for ways to celebrate this milestone. If you would like to be part of the planning for the event, please attend the November 25th meeting at 7 pm at the John Marshall Library.

Much has happened and changed in Rose Hill since the first residents moved in at Christmas time in 1954. Starting at January meeting, we will be hearing stories from long-time residents about those days when our community was just beginning to take shape. If you have lived in Rose Hill for a long time, and would like to share your memories, we’d like to hear from you!

We’d like to ascertain the names of original owners who still live in Rose Hill. Call us if you fit that category.

If you would like to learn about the history of our community, visit and click on the history section. It is a living document that can be updated, altered, or expanded as the situation demands. There are sections about the library and parks still to be added, however, we promise to have them available by the end of the current year.

Let’s come up with some innovative ways to celebrate our history. Even if you have just moved in, we invite you to get involved in the celebration. It’s a good way to meet your neighbors and learn about our unique community.

Rose Hill always has always had the reputation of being a hotbed of citizen activists with a keen interest in community, county, and state issues. Let’s work together to celebrate our 50 years of history in 2005. At the same time, we can plan ways to make our community even better in the future.

Holiday Decoration Contest

Once again, RHCA will be awarding certificates to properties that ‘dress up’ for the holidays. If you’d like to be a judge, please call me (703.971.4716) or Vice President Terrie Dacales (703.317.5912). Even if you can’t serve as a judge, you can nominate your neighbors for an award. We’d appreciate a call so nobody gets overlooked as the judges make their rounds. Rose Hill is a special place during the Holidays because of all the lights and decorations. Judging will take place between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Since the judges will be making their rounds at night, be sure to leave your lights on until at least 9pm. Certificates will be available at the January meeting.

November Meeting

Although we don’t have a speaker on the agenda, lots of ground will be covered at our November meeting. As mentioned earlier, planning will begin for the celebration of Rose Hill’s 50th anniversary in 2004. Also on the agenda will be the approval of our annual support for Koinonia and the meal for our local police and firefighters who have to work on Christmas Day when there are few restaurants open. We’d like to hear your ideas of topics to be covered at meetings in 2005, as well as any community projects you think deserve the Association’s attention. Information for an east-west connection through Fort Belvoir to replace Beulah Street-Woodlawn Road and toll lanes on the Beltway will be available. Attendance at RHCA meetings is unusually high for a volunteer community organization and we’d like to keep it that way by providing timely programs and information. And, remember there is NO meeting in December.

Membership Drive

RHCA kicks off its membership drive for 2005 in this edition of the Rambler. We are only as strong as our membership, so we encourage everyone to join. It’s only $10 for the entire year. Additionally, we are soliciting contributions for the seasonal planting at the entrance sign at Rose Hill Drive and Franconia Road. We hire a landscape company to make sure the flowers and shrubbery are kept in good shape. Also, we are asking for contributions toward the marking of our 50th anniversary. We’d like to erect some signs at our community entrances in celebration of the anniversary. The regular membership dues are used to cover the cost of printing The Rambler, the cell phone for Neighborhood Watch, our post office box, the signs for winners of the Rose Hill Beauty contest in the spring, and contributions to worthy charities and groups that directly benefit our community. Please fill out a membership form and mail it back to RHCA at your earliest convenience.  The membership drive will continue until March 2005.

Click here for Membership Form

Development Update

As a result of our October meeting and previous sessions with interested property owners, we have prepared a letter to the potential developers of Rose Hill Park Section III outlining a number of concerns. The letter is posted on, click on correspondence, and check out the letter dated November 14. Copies of the letter also will be available at the November 25 meeting.

SectionIII_Mod.jpg (84472 bytes)The Basheer-Thompson team has submitted a request for a Special Exception to Fairfax County. It seeks approval for a R-3 cluster layout. The plan includes 45 houses instead of the 59 previously approved in the 1960s. Public hearings on the plan are likely to be held by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors late next spring or early summer.

The approval of the Special Exception is only the first step in the process. After obtaining that approval, the developers then must submit detailed construction plans to the Department of Public Works and Environmental Management. That process will take a minimum of 6 months. So, we potentially are looking a houses going up in early 2005. Grading of the site could begin earlier than that date.

The developer has promised to provide RHCA with updated development plans, soils reports, storm water management plans, and grading plans. Information on those issues will be transmitted via The Rambler and A special committee also has been formed to hear presentations by the developer on each of these items.

Also, check out for the latest correspondence involving Heritage Estates. RHCA has asked the county to review its policy on approving odd-shaped lots. That review has been ordered by the Board of Supervisors at the request of Supervisor Kauffman. It won’t change anything at Highland Estates, but it might make a difference in future developments.

Election Results

RHCA members who attended our October meeting probably were not surprised to find that several of the new voting machines did not work on election day in Rose Hill precinct. After all, the machine did not work during a trial run at our meeting!

Despite the problems, the election seemed to go smoothly and most people were favorably impressed with the new machines that were in service. The lines were not too long, no doubt due to the low turnout. It appears that there were approximately 500 less voters on November 5 than there were in 2002.

In the race for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Gerry Connolly polled 582 votes to 477 for Mychele Brickner. Connolly also won the race countywide. Lee District Supervisor Dana Kauffman, running unopposed, received 949 votes. Commonwealth’s Attorney Bob Horan, also running unopposed, received 916 votes.

Terrie Dacales received 536 votes to Brad Center’s 517 in the race for the Lee District seat on the School Board. Center was elected district wide. Janet Oleszek topped the field in the race for three at-large seats on the School Board with 552 votes. She was followed by Rita Thompson with 502, Steve Hunt with 466, Ilryong Moon with 435, Lynn Terhar with 416, and Nell Hurley with 396. Oleszek, Hunt, and Moon were elected countywide.

Incumbent Sheriff Stan Barry topped challenger James Vickery in Rose Hill by a 705-346 count and also won countywide. In the race for the 39th District seat in the Virginia Senate, Greg Galligan edged incumbent Jay O’Brien 580-574, but lost districtwide. Mark Sickles outpolled incumbent Tom Bolvin 603-562 in the race for the 43rd District seat in the Virginia House and also won districtwide.

The top three vote-getters for seats on the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board also were elected countywide. Sally Ormsby had 572 votes, Greg Evans 537, and David Bulova 492. Trailing were Dewey Bond with 461 and Jeremy Good with 206.

The School Bond issue passed overwhelmingly, 835-319.

To view all of the Fairfax County and Virginia Election results, click on

Finally, a number of RHCA members have complained about the plethora of campaign signs in the median of Rose Hill Drive from the library to Franconia Road. If the community agrees, we will be discussing with VDOT and the County ways to curtail political advertising on our main street.

—Carl Sell

Run/Walk Partner
Brand-new runner looking for a run/walk partner. Planning to run a 5K next fall. 53-year-old woman aiming for building up distance, not necessarily speed at first. Prefer early morning (5:30/6:00); also open to weekends. Contact Sally on Carriage Drive at 571.331.7245.

The Rambler Wants Your Input
If you would care to write an article about Rose Hill, the area, or how it has affected your life, The Rambler would be interested in printing it. We’d love to hear what you have to say about traffic, development, your great neighbors, or the convenience of your shopping center. It does not have to be long and wordy or perfect English (I’ll help you with that), just as long as it comes from
you. Email me with your thoughts, notes, or articles (just put Rose Hill or The Rambler in the subject line so I won’t delete it). If you don’t have access to email, you could either mail it to the Association’s P.O. Box (see page 1) or drop it off at my house.  Hope to hear from you soon!
—Marty Williams

RCHA Positions Available (Volunteer, of course!)

Seeking an individual who likes to walk (at least once a month, but perhaps only nine months out of the year). This individual would be available to deliver The Rambler on the weekend before the meeting (which is always the 4th Tuesday of the month). To apply, simply call Carl Sell at 703.971.4716 or Marty Williams at 703.924.7192 and say, "I want to deliver The Rambler."
Seeking an individual who would like to try to sell ads for The Rambler. This individual could be you! Simply call one of the association representatives above and say, "I can sell ads for you in The Rambler."

The next Rambler deadline is January 16, 2004
The next delivery weekend is January 23-24, 200

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 me at 703-924-7192. Artwork can be sent to marty-williams 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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