Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
RHCA Officers and Volunteers
Editor, The Rambler
RHCA, P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310
Learn About the Police Helicopter At RHCA’s November 27 Meeting
We’ve all heard the police helicopter overhead and wondered how it works with the police on the ground after a robbery or other activity. Who calls for help in the sky? How does the chopper identify suspicious persons or vehicles? What kind of equipment is on board? Come hear the answers to these questions and others at the Rose Hill Civic Association meeting on Tuesday, November 27, at 7pm in the community room of the John Marshall Library. Master Police Officer Alice Bennett Eggers, who served as a Flight Officer/Paramedic with the Police Helicopter unit for 4½ years, is our guest speaker. MPO Bennett Eggers, a 14-year veteran of the Fairfax County Police Department, currently works in Crime Prevention at the Franconia substation. She previously worked patrol in Reston, McLean, and Franconia as well as serving with the Narcotics Unit. After we learn about the Helicopter Unit, hopefully there will be time to hear about the other facets of MPO Bennett Eggers interesting career.
As those of you who are on our e-mail list already know, I have thanked the police investigators for their quick work in arresting a suspect in the sexual assault case on November 9 in the Vantage community off South King’s Highway just across from Lee District Park. In that case, a man entered a home through an unlocked door at 11:30pm and raped the resident. She managed to escape and went to a neighbor’s house and the police were called. The assailant had done some work in the area several days earlier and returned to commit the rape. He was arrested within 24 hours.
There also was a sexual assault on Industrial Drive in Springfield on November 13. An 18-year-old was walking alone at 5:30am when she was grabbed, dragged to a nearby wooded area, and raped. As of this writing, no arrest had been made. The suspect was described at being between 5’7” and 5’10” and weighing approximately 160 pounds. He was wearing a black ski mask, black nylon waist-length jacket, and jeans. If you have any information, call the police non-emergency number at 703.691.2131.
The police remind everyone to make sure all their doors and windows are locked and do not walk alone. And when you do walk, keep to well lighted areas. There also have been a number of sexual assaults in Alexandria of late. If you see any suspicious persons or activity, call the police. Use 911 for a crime in progress or the non-emergency number of 703.691.2131 to report suspicious activity.
Rose Hill Elementary
Rose Hill Elementary celebrated its 50th anniversary in grand style on October 27. The gym was filled for a program that included an excellent slide show featuring scenes from the school’s past and comments from current students about why they like their school. Also on the program were songs and instrumentals by Rose Hill students. Everyone in the gym, which was packed to the walls, joined in the singing of the Rose Hill school song. Connie Beatty and I represented the community and recalled some of the school’s early days. Everyone got a kick out of the story about Connie get-ting a ticket on Rose Hill Drive as she rushed to work after attending the first flag-raising at Rose Hill back in 1957. Connie, good sport that she is, allowed us to tell the story. A policeman who was in attendance jokingly reminded her to ‘take it easy’ on her way home! One of the highlights of the evening was the display on hundreds of letters from current students about how much they loved their school. You had only to read the comments to be reassured about what a great group of teachers we have in our midst. That goes double for all who got things started years ago.
RHCA is organizing a ‘Nostalgia Night’ to celebrate Rose Hill Elementary’s 50th anniversary. The date is March 5, 2008, and it will be held in the school cafeteria. The school has promised to provide performances by several student music groups. Refreshments will be served. The idea is to have the audience share recollections of their days at Rose Hill, either as a teacher, student, or parent. Over the winter, please help us contact current and former residents of Rose Hill and invite them to share their recollections about Rose Hill Elementary. If you would like to help us plan the evening, please give me a call at 703.971.4716 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Lights Awards
RHCA once again will honor those residents who go to extra trouble to light up the holiday season. Winners will be announced in the January issue of The Rambler. Those receiving special awards will receive colorful certificates. If you would like to help judge our annual contest, please give Linda Nichols or myself a call. RHCA takes great pride in the fact that our community celebrates the holidays with an extensive display of individual lighting arrangements. Take the time to drive around our community and see all the lights! The judges will make their rounds in the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Keep those lights on until at least 9pm as it takes approximately three hours to make the rounds. If you want to make sure the judges don’t miss anyone, please fee free to nominate either your house or that of your neighbor. An e-mail to either Linda or I will assure the display will be viewed. Our phone numbers and e-mail addresses are listed on the front page. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from RHCA and The Rambler! We don’t meet or publish in December so we’ll see you again in January 2008.
‘House of Horror’ Update
Zoning enforcement has advised RHCA that a new notice of violation covering all the problems at 4612 Roundhill Road has been sent to the owner’s residence in Springfield via the Sheriff’s Office. The notice was dated October 31. Upon receipt, the owner has 30 days to respond. As of this writing, zoning enforcement had NOT been notified that the notice had been successfully delivered. If there is no response, zoning enforcement plans to re-inspect the property and then institute legal action against the owner. Blight Abatement is also moving toward legal action that will allow the house to be seized by imminent domain. Recent changes in the law require that an unoccupied and deteriorating building must be brought up to code requirements. It has been 6 years since the neighbors and RHCA first started complaining about this eyesore in our community. Hope springs eternal that we are finally on the road to a resolution. However, as one neighbor said when hearing the news of the latest action, ‘I won’t hold my breath.’ Shortly after publication of our ‘House of Horror’ flyer on MyRoseHill.com and circulation via our e-mail list, the County showed up to cut the grass! The flyer certainly served its purpose. We’ll keep after them until the issue is satisfactorily resolved. The neighbors should not have to put up with this eyesore.
Thanks to Linda Nichols, Mo Haupt, Marty Williams, Sam Covington, and Donnie Krause for manning the RHCA table at Rose Hill Elementary on Election Day. We recorded quite a few signatures and received a number of memberships. So far, we have 281 signatures on the petitions prepared by the County. Almost every door on the list has been knocked on. I plan to finish up over the next few weeks so we can say we knocked on EVERY door we were asked to by the County. Obviously, we didn’t find everyone at home. The top part of Roundhill Road and its cul de sacs, Redwood Lane, Thornwood Drive, Driftwood Drive, and Telegraph Road were NOT on the petition list. If you would like to sign the petition, please give me a call at 703.971.4716 and I will drop by your house. We want as large a number as possible in order to convince the County we are serious about slowing down traffic in our community. So far, less than a dozen residents have declined to sign the petition. The petition asks the County to come up with a plan to slow traffic on Rose Hill Drive and Cottonwood Drive west of Rose Hill Drive. We hope the number of signatures from residents on other heavily traveled streets will convince the County to add them to the list. For example, we have a 100 percent approval on Climbhill Road! If the County accepts the petition as proof we want to slow our traffic, they will come back to us with several alternatives. We will be able to recommend a course of action. Nothing will happen without our approval. Just another of the many reasons to be involved with your Civic Association.
Land Use Issues
Last March 11, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors authorized the demolition of a house on Rock-A-By Road that had burned almost two years earlier. The authorization instructed the County to have the work done and charge the land owner. Finally, on the first of November, the house was taken down. The owner went ahead and had the house demolished at her expense as a first step toward a hoped-for redevelopment. The property is just off the cul de sac at the end of Lark Lane. The burned out building, propane tanks, and swimming pool are gone. What happens now is up in the air. RHCA will continue to monitor all of the property on Rock-A-By Road because whatever happens affects residences on Lark Lane, Bee Street, Rose Hill Drive, and Willowood Lane. The owner of the two-acre lot on Rock-A-By behind Bee Street has been interested in redevelopment for some time but has been stymied by access problems.
The County has advised RHCA that the plan for development of office and commercial space on Highland Lane has NOT been approved by the County. Those who attended last month’s RHCA meeting will recall the delivery of what was reported to be an ‘approved’ soils report. Turns out the County had already turned down the development plan. As of this writing, no new plan has been submitted for review. The property, located between the Cox Communications building and the Highland Park pool property, is contiguous to several houses on Maryview Street. RHCA also is monitoring this development proposal.
There are 3,915 registered voters in the Rose Hill precinct. Of those, 1,127 showed up at the polls to vote on Tuesday, November 6. The polls were open 13 hours from 6am to 7pm. That’s a turnout of only 28.8 percent. Thanks to those of you who cared enough to get out and vote. Shame on those who were able but couldn’t find time to make it to the polls to exercise one of our most cherished rights. In Rose Hill, the School Bond referendum passed 758 to 280. Included was a $3 million item to provide modular classrooms with restrooms to replace the trailers at Rose Hill Elementary. Brad Center garnered 810 votes as the unopposed non-partisan candidate for Lee District School Board member. In the balloting for the three non-partisan at-large seats on the School Board, Tina Hone with 505 votes, Chris Braunlich with 451, and Iuryong Moon with 424 were the leaders. In the election for representation on the Soil and Water Conservation Board, the three winners were Sally Ormsby with 625 votes, John Gagnon with 603, and John Peterson with 524. Democrats swept all but one of the partisan positions on the ballot. In statewide races, George Barker had 611 to Jay O’Brien’s 418 votes for the State Senate race. Mark Sickles, running unopposed for the House, had 533 votes. In the race for constitutional offices, Republican John Frey had 478 votes to Dale Evans’ 452. Raymond Morrogh was the leader in the race for Commonwealth’s Attorney with 569 votes to 410 for Patrick McDade. Stan Barry, running unopposed for Sheriff, had 563 votes. In the election of Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Gerry Connolly got 632 votes, Gary Baise 319, and Gail Parker 74. In the race for Lee District Supervisor, Jeff McKay got 629 votes to 395 for Doug Boulter.
A few weeks ago a neighbor called with a story that underscores just how unthinking and uncaring some people can be. Her husband was sent home from the hospital by private ambulance on a rainy evening. Unfortunately, the ambulance could not get onto the street where the patient lived because it was blocked by cars and large vehicles parked on both sides of the street. So, the attendants wheeled the patient on a stretcher in the rain to his driveway and finally into his house. That’s bad enough, but imagine if there had been a fire or other emergency on the street. Emergency vehicles would have been blocked in a potential life-threatening situation. Our streets are narrow enough without adding cars and today’s large vehicles on each side. We complain every time such a situation is reported to us. If the vehicles impede traffic, they can be ticketed. Please think of your neighbor’s safety when you park on the street. Try not to park in such a way that two vehicles are directly across from each other. Leave room for emergency vehicles. And remember, if you don’t it may cost you. For those of you inclined to join me in reporting such problems, the police non-emergency number is 703.691.2131.
Your Association Needs Volunteers!!
If you can spare a couple of hours a month, have transportation to Kingstowne and around the neighborhood, and can count, RHCA could use you. The distributor position is vacant and needs you!
Marty Williams is looking to step down from The Rambler Editor position. If you have experience proofreading, editing, and using Microsoft Word or Publisher or another layout software program, please contact Marty for further information at email@example.com or 703.924.7192.
Jim Sapp does such a great job with our website you can’t tell that he seamlessly maintains the site remotely from Colorado. If you have experience with website design, development, and maintenance, and are willing to volunteer, please contact Jim for specifics at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RHCA loves its volunteers ... it wouldn’t BE without them.
Get Involved ... Your Community Needs You!
2008 Membership Drive Now Underway
Support your Civic Association by becoming a member for 2008; the form is below. Join your friends and neighbors listed below as members. Your dues and contributions pay the cost of printing The Rambler, support the Rose Hill Beauty and Holiday Lighting awards, and contribute to several local charities. Thanks to our dedicated members, The Rambler is delivered to your door nine times a year at no cost to the Association. Contributions also pay for the landscaping at our entrance sign on Rose Hill Drive at Franconia Road. Most important, a large and active membership is very helpful as we deal with the County regarding community issues. Please include your e-mail address so we can communicate on community issues. We will NEVER give your e-mail address to a third party!
2008 Members as of November 15, 2007
P.G. Bauserman, 4531 Roundhill Road
James R. Lockwood, 6114 Clovergrass Drive
Margie Beach, 4429 Roundhill Road
George & Susan McKittrick, 6113 Clovergrass Drive
Ruth Connie Beatty, 6428 Rose Hill Drive
Marlene Minarik, 6518 Telegraph Road
Bob Brown, 4526 Apple Tree Drive
Hal & LaVera Murray, 5003 Treetop Lane
Raul & Kelly Castillo, 6413 Willowood Lane
David & Linda Nichols, 6416 Rose Hill Drive
Helen Cofer, 6218 Saddle Tree Drive
Teal Norris & Fred Obermeyer, 6012 Leewood Drive
Sam Covington, 6302 Saddle Tree Drive
Jo Ann Ponce, 6203 Willowood Lane
E&K Davidson, 4608 Roundhill Road
Monica Reed, 6422 Rose Hill Drive
Myrna Downey, 6516 Telegraph Road
David & Nancy Ridgway, 4609 Cottonwood Place
Betty Elliot, 6411 Maryview Street
Marlene Hass Smith, 6304 Cottonwod Drive
Susan Feagley, 4705 Split Rock Road
Donald & Juanita Stallings, 6407 Willowood Lane
Kae Furneisen, 4912 Treetop Lane
M. C. Stinnette, 4520 Apple Tree Drive
Elias & Karen Gates, 6508 Carriage Drive
Ray Stone, 4528 Roundhill Road
Kathy Gregson, 6411 Rose Hill Drive
Tinker & Don Szamborski, 4615 Winston Place
Elmer & Alice Haupt, 6208 Thornwood Drive
Rex & Linda Taylor, 6505 Haystack Road
F.E. Jencks, 6416 Willowood Lane
Grace Jean H. Thomson, 6302 Cottonwood Drive
Marvin & Frances Justice, 6402 Rose Hill Drive
Connie Vincenzes, 6610 Cottonwood Drive
D. Kraus, 6300 Rose Hill Drive
Macy Watts, 6008 Leewood Drive
Robert & Elizabeth Kohm, 6429 Carriage Drive
Don & Nina Weber, 6120 Dew Grass Drive
J.K. Letsche, 6502 Cottonwood Drive
Karen Wheeless, 6709 Greendale Road
Jacqueline Lewis, 6206 Thornwood Drive
Jeffrey Williams, 6121 Dew Grass Drive
Holiday Ornaments: Make Your Own, beginning November 12, every day except Tuesdays at Riverbend Park Visitor Center. Teasels, pine cones and walnuts all add up to cool holiday ornaments. Follow our examples or create your own ornaments at Riverbend Park Visitor Center. The Center is open 9am to 4pm, Mondays and Wednesdays through Fridays; noon to 4pm on weekends and holidays; closed Thanksgiving Day. Reservations are recommended for groups. The cost is $5 for two ornaments. Call 703.759.9018.
Future Quest: A college and career forum for students with disabilities, parents and professionals will be held on December 1 at George Mason University, Johnson Center, 8:30am to 2:40pm. This free conference pro-vides special education students and parents with an opportunity to learn about post-school college and career options. Future Quest 2007 workshops include information on options after high school, career plan-ning, career/technical schools, employment strategies, the college application process, supports and resources in college for students with disabilities, and self-advocacy. The keynote speaker is Jonathan Mooney, author of “Learning Outside the Lines,” and “The Short Bus.” The conference is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Transition Coalition, a collaborative coalition made up of staff and parents from the Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Loudoun, and Prince William County school systems, Northern Virginia Community College, PEATC, Region 4 T/TAC, and the Virginia Departments of Education and Rehabilitative Services. For more information and to register online, visit www.VaCollegeQuest.org.
Youth Driver Improvement Classes are held throughout the year on Saturdays from 8am - 4:30pm at the Sully District Police Station. The fee is $75. To register, or for more information, call Barbara Prescop at 703.968.6850 or e-mail email@example.com.
FCPS, Department of Special Services, Office of Special Education: First Fridays at the Parent Resource Center. December 7, 10am to 12noon, FCPS Parent Resource Center, Dunn Loring Center, 2334 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring. This is a monthly series of free, informal events for parents. December’s topic: “1-2-3 Magic.” Seating is limited. Refreshments are served. Please call 703-204-3941 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
FCPS Adult and Community Education Winter-Spring Class Registration Now Open
Registration is now under way for the January-April 2008 classes offered by Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Community Education (ACE). The course catalog, ACE Classes, is in the mail to Fairfax County residents and can be viewed online at http://www.fcps.edu/aceclasses. The catalog is also available at ACE registration centers and at Fairfax County public libraries.
ACE programs provide career education, life enrichment, adult high school completion, and English for non-native speakers as well as enrichment programs for youth that help individuals meet educational, career, and personal goals. Through the convenience of online registration, online class offerings, and numerous class locations, ACE brings a world of learning to Fairfax residents.
ACE is one of the largest and most programmatically diverse adult and community education programs administered by a public school system in the nation. Most classes are supported by grants and student fees and are not funded from the school system’s operational budget. ACE employs more than 1,000 instructors and has more than 900 volunteers who provide over 20,000 hours to support its programs.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Float-In Movie
At Lee District RECenter
December 15, 2007
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Admission Fees: (Register by December 14 and save!)
$21 family (1 to 2 adults and up to 3 kids totaling 4)
Register on December 15: $9 adult, $7 child, $24 family
Arrive early for games and activities. Don’t forget to bring your float (some will be provided – supplies are limited) Movie begins at 7:00pm. Dinner and dessert will be available for purchase at this time.
Rose Hill Raid Contributors
The following residents have contributed $25 or more to help defray the cost of the ‘Rose Hill Raid’ painting that will be framed and permanently displayed at the John Marshall Library. The painting by famed Civil War artist John Paul Swain depicts the raid at Rose Hill on September 28, 1863. Names of the contributors will be included as part of the display at the library. If you would like to have your name(s) associated with this piece of the history of our community, include your gift with the 2008 membership renewal or mail a check to RHCA, Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310.
Ruth Connie Beatty
Marvin & Frances Justice
Robert D. Brown
Wellington & Anna Machmer
Raul & Kelly Castillo
David & Linda Nichols
Carl & Marti Sell
Jeffrey F. Williams
Changes to Business Directory
Independence Landscape and Lawn Care. For all your landscape and lawn care needs please call Curt Greene at 703.967.7639. Our services range from mowing, lawn care, leaf removal, and snow removal to patios, landscape design, and construction. Using the latest most efficient methods and equipment gives us the advantage to effectively service our customers at a competitive price. Discounts offered to all Rose Hill residents. Check us out on the web at www.independencelandscape.com. Curt lives on Thornwood Drive.
Exit All Star Realty. Angelique Vereen can be reached at 703.317.0030 (business) or 571.233.6395 (direct). She and her family have lived on Thornwood Drive for many years. The Vereen house always sparkles with holiday lights!
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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