Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
October 2003

President's Message

Election Day is November 4; New Machines Will Be Used

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2003. The polls will be open at Rose Hill Elementary School from 6 am. to 7 pm. Please set aside some time on that important day to participate in one of our most precious freedoms.

In addition to the large number of choices on the ballot, Fairfax County is introducing new voting machines for this election. RHCA had scheduled a demonstration of one of the machines at our October meeting. However, the Fairfax County Electoral Board has advised that a pre-election day demonstration will not be possible because of security issues. Be prepared to spend some extra time at the polls, but we expect to have brochures explaining the new machines available at this Tuesday’s meeting, 7 pm, at the John Marshall Library.

Voters in the Rose Hill precinct will be casting ballots for the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, School Board, Sheriff, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and the Soil and Water Conservation Board. Additionally, a $290,610,000 school bond referendum will be on the ballot.

Voters are reminded that Virginia law requires them to provide proper identification or sign an Affirmation of Identity before they can cast a ballot. Acceptable forms of identification include a Virginia Voter Identification card, Virginia driver’s license or ID card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, a valid U.S. passport, military ID card, any Federal, State, or local government-issued ID card, an employer-issued ID photo card, or a Social Security card.

In the Virginia Senate District 39 race, Rose Hill voters will choose between incumbent Republican Jay O’Brien and Democrat Greg J. Galligan. This is a new Senate District that was established as part of redistricting two years ago to better recognize the growing number of voters in Northern Virginia. A district downstate was eliminated and the new 39th was created in Fairfax County. O’Brien won a special election last year and is seeking a full 4-year term.

There is a rematch in the race for the House of Delegates seat in the 43rd District. Incumbent Republican Tom Bolvin is squaring off against Democrat Mark Sickles for the second time. Bolvin is seeking his third term in the House of Delegates.

On the ballot are two choices for the Board of Supervisors. Democrat Gerry Connolly, the current Providence District supervisor, faces Republican Mychele Brickner, current member of the School Board, in the at-large chairman’s race. Independent candidates for Chairman of the Board include Jeremy Good and C.W. Levi.

Democrat Dana Kauffman is unopposed in his quest for a third 4-year term representing Lee District.

In the race for Lee District member of the School Board, Terrie Dacales, vice president of RHCA, is opposed by Brad Center. The seat is being vacated by Chris Braunlich, who is running for the Virginia Senate in the nearby 36th District. Six persons are running for the three at-large seats on the School Board. They are, in alphabetical order, Stephen Hunt, Nell Hurley, Ilryong Moon, Janet Oleszek, Lynn Terhar and Rita Thompson. Thompson is the only incumbent on the ballot. School Board elections are non-partisan; therefore, no party affiliation is included. However, Dacales, Hunt, Hurley and Thompson are endorsed by the GOP and Center, Moon, Oleszek and Thompson by the Democrats.

Incumbent Democratic Sheriff Stan Barry is being challenged by Republican James Vickery. Democrat Robert Horan is unopposed for Commonwealth’s Attorney.

There are five persons running for the three seats on the Soil and Water Board. They are A. Dewey Bond, David L. Bulova, Greg Evans, Jeremy Good, and Sally Ormsby. Bond, Evans, and Ormsby are the incumbents. Evans is a former chairman of the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Although the 2003 school bond issue does not include any improvements to the schools that directly affect Rose Hill, voters are reminded that we have fared extremely well with additions, rehabilitation, and improvements at Rose Hill Elementary, Twain Middle School, and Edison High as part of previous bonds. We needed the support of other precincts to improve our schools and now it is up to us to return the favor.

Please make the time to cast your ballot on November 4. I will see you at the polls!

Rose Hill Section III - More Engineering Information

The Thompson-Basheer team seeking to develop Rose Hill Section III will make their soils engineer available to answer questions about marine clay at our October 28 meeting. The engineer missed our September meeting because of illness but will be with us on Tuesday.

Thompson-Basheer is poised to submit a Special Exception Application to Fairfax County to develop the proper in a cluster arrangement. They are not seeking a change in the R-3 zoning classification. As you will recall, the property is platted for 59 lots. The proposed development plan shows 45 lots and is subject to change.

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As a result of questions and comments in small group meetings, RHCA has passed on to the developer several suggestions. First and foremost, we have asked the developer to provide assurances in writing that existing homes will not be further damaged by development on the marine clay. We have asked that properties bordering the development be surveyed to establish a ‘baseline’ of existing conditions. Then, we have asked that the developer provide either an insurance policy or reserve fund from which homeowners can be compensated for damage caused by the new development.

We have also asked the developers to outline exactly how they plan to handle the water problems on the site, including erosion and sediment controls during the clearing and construction phases.

Although the proposed development shows buffer areas around the site, RHCA believes they are inadequate in several areas. We have asked the developers to increase the buffer area in certain spots and do additional plantings in others.

RHCA is inviting other suggestions to be presented to the developer. They will be discussed at committee meetings and the information passed on to everyone through The Rambler and our website, We have several experts who live in the community who have agreed to help us evaluate the plans. We will want to work closely with the county planning staff in order to be aware of any problems or concerns we might miss! Prior to the Planning Commission public hearing, a staff report will be published outlining the issues and recommending a course of action. There also will be a public hearing before the Board of Supervisors.

As the case moves forward, we will be working with the developer and the Lee District Land Use Advisory Committee to make sure Rose Hill’s concerns are addressed. It is our goal to correct problems and address specific issues in Rose Hill, not provide contributions to general county funds such as schools, parks, etc.

Last Shot at Highland Estates

On September 18, the day Hurricane Isabelle hit the area, the developer of Highland Estates worked up until the last minute to clear the trees and denude the property. Little wonder that several of the few trees that were left were toppled by the winds. Several wound up in neighboring yards. Fortunately, there was little damage. If you want to see what the area looked like at that time, go to and click on the special photo gallery for Highland Estates.

Despite RHCA’s objections, the county approved building 10 lots at Highland Estates. We had asked that the development be limited to seven lots because it would afford the neighbors a larger buffer. If you take a look at the area that was cleared, you’ll see why RHCA fought for fewer lots.

Unfortunately, neither the County nor the developer listened. As a result, the folks on Climbhill, Roundhill, Maryview, and Saddletree look out at a site that has been denuded of almost all the vegetation. Worse, the County allowed the developer to subvert the Zoning Ordinance and build extra lots.

Because of our complaints, Supervisor Kauffman asked the County staff to look at tightening the ordinance to prevent future development of odd-shaped lots. Unfortunately, that won’t help in the case of Highland Estates, but it might save some other communities the same fate.

Our decision to work with the developer of Rose Hill Section III is directly related to what happened at Highland Estates. Our choice would be no development. However, given the circumstances and the issues involved, it appears prudent that we try to work out the details to our advantage.

Loss of a Good Neighbor

Rose Hill lost an outstanding member of the community on September 18 with the passing of Rev. Charles W. Beach. He served on Neighborhood Watch and worked hard to help make sure Rose Hill is a safe and pleasant place in which to live.

However, his community interest was only the tip of the iceberg. Rev. Beach was known throughout the area for his ministry, quick wit, and willingness to help others. Before the Beltway wiped out the site, there was Rev. Beach preaching at the Community Center in Temple Trailer Village. He founded several churches that became the foundation for United Wesleyan Church in Brookland Estates just off Franconia Road behind the Crown Station.

A veteran of World War II, Rev. Beach was highly regarded among his peers in the ministry, members of the his many congregations, friends, and neighbors. He and his wife, Margie, lived together on Roundhill Road since the 1960s.

Regular attendees of RHCA meetings will remember Rev. Beach from the June program honoring our many volunteers. I was privileged to visit the Beaches several days before he died. Neighbors, friends, and members of his congregation overflowed United Wesleyan for the funeral service, which celebrated the life of a remarkable man.

All of us would do well to follow in Rev. Beach’s footsteps as we continue to work toward making Rose Hill one of the premier neighborhoods in Northern Virginia.

Help for Koinonia

Help needy families in our area celebrate the upcoming holidays by providing a food order form to help them prepare a special meal at home. Drop off for the Thanksgiving Basket Day is November 24 between 6 am. and 8 am. Christmas Basket drop off day is December 22, also between 6 am. and 8 am. No refrigerated items (including turkeys or hams) can be included. Gift cards from local grocery stores are requested instead of refrigerated products. Cards should be in the amount of $20-30 for a small family and $40-50 for a large family. For basket information, call Barbara Hummelt at 703.924.0933. Koinonia reports that it desperately needs items such as body soap, shampoo, dish soap, deodorant, and all-purpose cleanser. Remember Koinonia in your workplace giving United Way/Combined Federal Campaign #8283. As Vice President Terrie Dacales often reminds us, Koinonia is a Greek word for fellowship and community!

South Van Dorn Extension

As of this writing, work has resumed on the South Van Dorn Street connector from Kingstowne to Telegraph Road. Construction had been delayed because of the extremely wet weather. Let’s hope the weather holds so the project can be completed over the winter. When open, South Van Dorn Street should siphon considerable through traffic off Rose Hill Drive. The road is being built by the developer of Kingstowne. Construction had been considerably delayed because of environmental problems. A long time in the making, let’s hope the result helps Rose Hill Drive become a residential street rather than a convenient cut-through to Telegraph Road.

—Carl Sell

Lee Franconia Cheerleading Squad Needs Your Help

Lee Franconia Cheerleading Squad is looking for a few cheerleading coaches to help our cheerleaders. These positions are volunteer. Also, if you have a daughter that would be interested in cheering for us, please contact me. We are rebuilding our league and would appreciate having you or your daughter with us. Please contact Megan Johnson for more information at 703.329.6273.

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 doesn’t 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 November 14, 2003.
The next delivery weekend is November 22-23, 2003.

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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