Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
October 2004

President's Message

It’s Time For New Measures to Slow Down Speeders

Enough is enough! Speeding on our community streets has gotten out of hand. Come to the Rose Hill Civic Association meeting at 7pm at the John Marshall library on Tuesday, October 26, and participate in a discussion about how we can slow down the speeders.

Recently, a child was struck on Bee Street. RHCA then installed a sign asking traffic to slow down on Bee Street. After only two days, somebody stole the sign! The same thing happened last year to signs placed on Cottonwood Drive and at the corner of Willowood Lane and Saddle Tree Drive. Those signs were also stolen.

Vehicles trying to avoid traffic lights on Telegraph Road use Cottonwood Drive, Willowood, and Bee. Other streets, such as Apple Tree Drive, are experiencing speeders.

Suggestions include four-way stop signs on Rose Hill Drive at Apple Tree and Cottonwood and on Willowood at Bee and Apple Tree. The thought being that if we can slow down traffic on Rose Hill Drive and make avoiding traffic lights less attractive, maybe drivers will avoid cutting through Rose Hill altogether. If you have an intersection to add to the list, come to the meeting and let us know.

We also will be discussing the installation of traffic humps on other streets where speeding is a problem. The process for getting those types of traffic slowing devices approved and installed is a lengthy one. And, the police and fire folks are concerned that they may impede emergency calls and damage large equipment.

Hopefully, the new connection of South Van Dorn Street from Kingstowne to Telegraph Road will lessen the traffic on Rose Hill Drive and the cut-through traffic on other streets. As you can see, the road has been paved but there are some issues involving Telegraph Road at the new intersection that need to be resolved. We’ll try to have an update in the November Rambler.

If you want to help stop speeding in Rose Hill, please attend our Tuesday night meeting. We need your voice and signature on the sign-in sheet to help convince the County and Virginia Department of Transportation that we have broad citizen support as we petition both to assist in slowing down the speeders in Rose Hill.

In the meantime, try to get the license numbers of cars speeding on your street and report them to the police at the non-emergency number, 703.691.2131. Complaints will spur the County and VDOT to take action.

Don’t Forget to Fall Back

Daylight savings time ends at 2am on Sunday, October 31. If you set your clock BACK and hour Saturday night, you’ll regain that hour of sleep you lost last spring! Since it will be getting dark earlier, take special care to look out for pedestrians in the busy time between 5 and 7pm. If you’re out walking, jogging, or biking, don’t forget to wear something white or fluorescent so the motorist can see you. Make sure the youngsters follow those safety precautions. If the busy squirrels in my backyards are any indicator, it’s going to be a cold and snowy winter. Be careful behind the wheel of your vehicle and also when exercising the dog, walking, jogging or cycling. Take care and it will be time to spring ahead before you know it.

Bond Issues on Ballot

Of course we’ll see everyone at the polls on November 2. In addition to the presidential and congressional elections, there are four Fairfax County bond issues totaling $325 million before the voters this year. Included are $165 million for transportation, $75 million for parks, $52.5 million for libraries, and $32.5 million for Human Services facilities.

The transportation bond includes $110 million for Fairfax County’s share of capital improvements for Metro. Fifty million dollars is set aside for local projects and are expected to generate another $50 million in federal matching funds. Items of interest to Rose Hill residents include intersection improvements to Backlick Road at the Franconia-Springfield Parkway westbound on-ramp, the I-95 off-ramp at South Van Dorn Street, and South Kings Highway at Harrison Lane. Additionally, the transportation bond includes $5 million for construction of missing sidewalk and trail links connecting neighborhoods.

The park bond includes $65 million for the Fairfax County Park Authority and $10 million for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. Specifically mentioned as part of the infrastructure renovation program are Lee District and Huntley Meadows parks. The library bond includes funds to build two new library branches and renovate four branches. The Human Services bond includes funds for construction, renovation, and renewals, and Juvenile Court facilities.

Voter approval is necessary before the County can sell these long-term bonds to finance needed improvements. Because Fairfax County enjoys an AAA bond rating, the highest ranking possible, these bonds by themselves will not trigger a tax increase. The County has operated under a longstanding policy that does not allow long-term debt to exceed three percent of the total taxable real and personal property in the county. Also, it limits debt service to be kept below 10 percent of the annual combined general fund spending. These two actions, if continued, assure both the Triple AAA bond rating and do not trigger a tax increase due to bonded indebtedness.

What a Swell Party It Was!

If you missed RHCA’s 50th anniversary party October 3 at Lee District Park, you missed a truly good time. Many of your neighbors were on hand for the music, food, and fun. We all enjoyed 50 cent hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks, and pizza. Thanks to Coca-Cola for donating the soft drinks and Dove Heating and Air Conditioning for the hot dogs and buns. Roy Rogers of Manchester Lakes provided the hamburgers and buns at cost and provided free ice. Vocelli Pizza in the Rose Hill Shopping Center provided the pizzas at cost. Leftovers were sent to the Kennedy Shelter on Richmond Highway.

Christopher’s Flowers of Hayfield donated a beautiful floral centerpiece for the program in the amphitheater. Remember all of these fine businesses that supported RHCA’s 50th when you are in need of their products or services. And thanks to all those who volunteered their time to make the day a success. We couldn’t have done it without Linda and Dave Nichols, Marty and Dwight Williams, Ron and Donna Dillon, Jim and Edie Bradbury, Norm Cherkis, Woody Betts, Margo Cunniffe, Terrie Dacales, David Sell, Mark Broxterman, Marie Sherfey, Debbie Slack, and Myrna Downey. Special thanks to Tom Magnum and Alice Wilder for cooking all those hot dogs!

The Franconia Volunteer Fire Department showed up with its 1937 engine that was in service when Rose Hill began in 1954. It still runs and is a fixture in area parades and special occasions. Chief Tim Fleming admits he may have to buy a new battery; otherwise, the fire engine is in perfect shape.

The highlight of the day was the ‘capture’ of the RHCA president and Supervisor Dana Kauffman by two Confederate raiders in full regalia. They were re-enacting the September 1893, raid by Col. John Singleton Mosby and his Confederate partisans on the original Rose Hill manor house. In that raid, one of Mosby’s men was French Dulany, the son of Col. Daniel F. Dulany who lived at Rose Hill!

Supervisor Kauffman presented RHCA with a certificate of recognition from Fairfax County for 50 years of dedicated and outstanding service on behalf of the community and Fairfax County, demonstrating commitment and foresight to ensure that the Rose Hill community is a great place to live, work, and play. It is signed by Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and Dana Kauffman, Supervisor of Lee District. The certificate will be hung in the community room at the John Marshall Library at the October 26th meeting.

Congressman Jim Moran showed up to present RHCA with a flag that had been flown over the United States Capitol. He, too, was captured by the Confederates, played by brothers William and Ed Dudding. The Dudding’s display of Civil War items also was a big hit. Author Don Hakenson was on hand to narrate the captures and help bring the raid to life.

Special thanks to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Honor Guard, who presented the colors to start the program and then waited until Congressman Moran arrived to participate in an impromptu presentation of the flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol. Also, a special thanks to pastor Bart Purdy of Virginia Hills Baptist Church.

Finally, the program would not have been possible without the support of Manager Leon Plenty, Assistant Manager Ray Alexander, Program Supervisor Dawn Stoffelen, and the entire staff at Lee District Park.

More pictures of the party are now online at MyRoseHill.com. Commemorative t-shirts are still available. They are only $12 and make great gifts (the Holidays are just around the corner). If you wish to purchase one or more, just call Linda Nichols at 703.971.0755.

Support Wounded Veterans

The Franconia District Station of the Fairfax County Police and its Citizens Advisory Committee are collecting items needed by our veterans wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq who are hospitalized at Bethesda Naval Hospital. RHCA is appealing to its members to help provide assistance in the form of items that are in short supply at the hospital and others that will brighten the veterans’ days.

The hospital needs new white tee shirts, new elastic waist gym shorts, and prepaid rechargeable phone cards that can be distributed to the veterans. Toiletry items such as toothpaste, shampoo, deodorants, razors, shaving cream, electric razors, and sanitary supplies also are in short supply. Remember there are both male and female wounded veterans.

Also, if you have any new or recent magazines, books, VHS videos or DVDs you no longer want or need, please donate them to the veterans. Either bring the items to the RHCA meeting or drop them off at the Franconia District Police Station in care of the CAC and they will get them to Bethesda Naval Hospital. Rose Hill is represented on the CAC by Norm and Bev Cherkis, Donna Beaty, and Woody Betts.

We are going to make collection of these items the focal point of our November meeting and hope to have a veteran of either Afghanistan or Iraq on hand to share his or her experience with us.

Library Landscaping

Thanks to Michael Dougherty for organizing the clean up of the flowerbed facing Rose Hill Drive at John Marshall Library. Michael organized the effort as part of his Eagle Scout project. Carol Dickerson is coordinating the beautification of the ‘front’ of the library we all see as we drive by. The plan is to plant bulbs now and flowers next spring. After that, a seasonal effort will be needed to keep the flowerbed ‘fresh.’ That’s where RHCA comes in. As you know, we finance seasonal planting at the Rose Hill entrance sign at Rose Hill Drive and Franconia Road through additional contributions to our yearly dues of $10. Next year (2005) we’re going to add the library to the list. We’ll start the 2005 membership campaign next month and continue it through March of 2005. If you want to contribute to the library beautification fund, just add the amount to your $10 membership dues, check the appropriate box, and sent it to RHCA. The 2005 membership application form will appear in next month’s Rambler.

—Carl Sell

Please—We Need Help!!

Our webmaster, Jim Sapp, and his wife have moved to Colorado. We need someone in the community with web experience to step up and take his place.

Also, we are in need of a Rambler Distributor. The job entails picking up The Rambler copies from The UPS Store, dividing them up for the individual delivery people, and getting those packages to their houses by Saturday morning, the weekend before the monthly meeting.

We’re also seeking someone to help deliver The Rambler 9 times a year. It’s an easy, part-time job, perfect for someone who likes to walk, including students, moms, and retirees.

Finally, we need someone to volunteer to sell ads for The Rambler. Spending just a few hours a month can yield big returns for your Civic Association. The rates are so reasonable, many businesses can’t resist.

Don’t forget, Carl Sell and Terrie Dacales will be stepping down from their Association positions next year. We are looking for a new president and vice president to step forward and take over the reigns and allow time for a "training" and sharing of knowledge period.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Marty Williams (703.924.7192) or Carl Sell (703.971.4716).

Rose Hill Receives Recognition from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

On Monday, October 18, several representatives of the Rose Hill Civic Association attended the Fairfax Board of Supervisors’ meeting and were presented a Resolution congratulating, thanking, and paying tribute to the Rose Hill community on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Representatives from RHCA were Carl Sell, Terrie Dacales, Woody Betts, Norm Cherkis, Twila Noble, Connie Beatty, Linda Nichols, and myself. The following is the Resolution:

WHEREAS, the Rose Hill community was created in 1954 on land that was once part of an 18th century plantation; and

WHEREAS, Rose Hill was established by Daniel French, the builder of historic Pohick Church; and

WHEREAS, for 50 years the community of Rose Hill has demonstrated commitment and foresight to ensure that it is a great place to live, work and play; and

WHEREAS, many residents of Rose Hill have served the community on various boards and commissions of Fairfax County, to include "favorite son" and long-time supervisory, Joseph Alexander; NOW THEREFORE

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of all residents of Fairfax County, does congratulate, thank and pay tribute to the Rose Hill community on the occasion of its 50th anniversary."

The plaque, signed by Gerald Connolly, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and Dana Kauffman, Supervisor of Lee District, will be hung in the John Marshall Library community room along with Certificate of Recognition received at Rose Hill’s 50th anniversary party from Dana Kauffman.

—Marty Williams

Original Ramblers,

Thanks for all your contributions! But we want more! If you are one of Rose Hill’s original owners, we’d love to print your story about how you came to live in Rose Hill. In connection with our 50th anniversary, we are trying to collect stories from all those who bought their houses in 1954-55. 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. Even if you’re not an original owner and have a story to tell, we’d love to include it in the next Rambler. Email me with your thoughts, notes, and stories (marty@fabrications.us), and 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 can mail it to the Association’s P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310.

Hope to hear from you soon!

The next Rambler deadline is November 12, 2004.
The next delivery weekend is November 20-21, 2004.

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 me at 703-924-7192. Artwork can be sent to marty-williams 2000@yahoo.com 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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