Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
RHCA Officers and Volunteers
Editor, The Rambler
RHCA, P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310
Vote, Renew Membership, Sign Petition at the Polls on Tuesday, November 6, School’s 50th and History Day Highlight Busy Schedule
The Rose Hill Civic Association will be at the polls during daylight hours on Tuesday, November 6. In addition to voting, residents can sign the traffic calming petition and renew their RHCA memberships for 2008. RHCA volunteers will man a table at the polls in an effort to provide a convenient way for those who have missed our traffic petitioners and want to add their name to the list. And, you can fill out the membership form printed on Page 5 of this issue of The Rambler and bring it with your check on November 6, thus saving the postage. Look for the RHCA table near the entrance to the polling place. Even if you have already signed and forgot your membership form, stop by and say hello.
Election Day culminates a busy week for Rose Hill, starting with the Association meeting on Tuesday, October 23, at 7pm at the John Marshall Library. The agenda includes planning for community action regarding our ‘House of Horror’ at 4612 Roundhill Road, information about RHCA’s role in Rose Hill Elementary’s 50th Anniversary program on Thursday, October 25, and the Franconia Museum’s annual History Day at Franconia School on Saturday, October 27. We also will begin planning for our own program to commemorate Rose Hill Elementary’s 50th year.
RHCA has developed a flier for distribution to the media as our contribution to Halloween. We have our own ‘House of Horror’ here every day of the year. We also are sending the flier electronically to as many of our members as possible and ask that they let their friends and neighbors in on the ‘trick’ on our community.
RHCA plans to hold a ‘Nostalgia Night’ to recall Rose Hill Elementary’s early days. The date will be March 5, 2008, at the school. We set it far enough in advance so we could contact as many former staff and students who would like to gather together at the school and share their recollections. There will be refreshments and entertainment by current student musical groups. You can help by contacting anyone you know who taught, worked, or attended Rose Hill and inviting them to the March 5 party. Ask them to bring along their stories and share them with the crowd.
The Franconia Museum has arranged to have several pages of George Washington’s last will and testament on display at History Day, which runs from 10am to 3pm in the gymnasium at Franconia School on Saturday, October 27. The document will be on display in a separate room and will be under guard by sheriff’s deputies. Washington’s will is housed at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax. In addition to the will, displays concerning Franconia and Rose Hill will be featured. There will be entertainment and a concession stand for those whose appetite is whetted by all the history. Also on the 27th, Supervisor Kauffman has organized a Neighborhood Resources Fair at the Franconia Government Center from 9:30 to 11:30am. County staff will be on hand to discuss such issues as property maintenance, traffic, parking, trash, health concerns, and construction without permits. RHCA confronts these issues and more and is well acquainted with County procedures. What we need are more inspectors and police and less talk!
Election Day will be the last time you can sign the traffic calming petition. We have more than 300 signatures, but the more we have, the more the County and VDOT will be inclined to do something about speeders on our streets. If you haven’t signed, please come by and do so. If you aren’t sure, come by, and we’ll check our records. We need signatures from all streets in Rose Hill except the north side of Roundhill Road and its cul de sacs, Thornwood Drive, Driftwood Drive, and those houses that front on Telegraph Road. You also can sign the petition at the October 23 RHCA meeting.
Rose Hill Elementary News
As we mentioned, Rose Hill Elementary will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a reception and program on Thursday, October 25. All former teachers, staff, students, and Rose Hill residents are invited. The reception will be held between 6 and 7pm. Those attending will be able to tour the school and view the artwork created by current students to mark the anniversary. At 7pm, there will be a program in the cafeteria with speeches and performances by Rose Hill student groups. Included on the program will be a presentation by RHCA concerning the history of the community and the school. We would like to be able to introduce students who started at Rose Hill when the school opened in 1957. If you know of anyone who would like to attend and be recognized, please contact me at 703.971.4716.
The 2007 Fairfax County school bond program includes a $3 million upgrade for Rose Hill Elementary. The money will be used to purchase and install 10 new modular classrooms to replace the 8 trailers currently on site. The modular classrooms include rest-rooms and are wired to accommodate the latest technology. Rose Hill currently has approximately 765 students and is projected to grow by only 15 students over the next 5 years. The capacity of the actual bricks and mortar school is only 603 students, hence the 8 trailers. Modular units cost approximately half as much as permanent classrooms and can be installed in approximately half the time. The new facility is projected to be completed during the 2008-2009 school year. A chart provided by the school system for the Edison pyramid is on Page 4. It shows capacity, actual enrollment, projected enrollment, percentage of students with English as a second language, and those participating in the subsidized lunch program.
The polls will be open at Rose Hill Elementary from 6am to 7pm on Tuesday, November 6. The ballot will include races for Virginia State Senate, Virginia House of Delegates, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Lee District Supervisor, School Board, Sheriff, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Clerk of the Court, and two Fairfax County bond issues. The bond issues will be outlined in the next article. There are three races on the ballot where the incumbent is running unopposed. Mark Sickles has no opposition for the 43rd District in the House of Delegates, Brad Center is unopposed for Lee District’s member of the School Board, and Stan Barry is running unopposed for Sheriff. The 39th District seat in the Virginia Senate pits incumbent Jay O’Brien against challenger George Barker. In the Clerk of the Court election, incumbent John Frey is running against challengers Dale Evans and Joseph Oddo. With the retirement of longtime prosecutor Bob Horan, the race for Commonwealth’s Attorney has no incumbent. Raymond Morrogh is running against Patrick McDade. Also on the ballot is the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. There are four persons running for three seats. Although it receives little notice, the Soil and Water District is extremely important to a community such as Rose Hill with its marine clay soils and storm water runoff problems. Please pay particular attention to the credentials of those on the ballot as you make your choices.
The race for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors pits incumbent Gerry Connolly against challengers Gary Baise and Glenda Gail Parker. Since Dana Kauffman is retiring as Lee District Supervisor, the seat is open. Jeff McKay, Kauffman’s aide, is running against Doug Boulter, former president of the Virginia Hill Citizen’s Association. There are 11 candidates for the three at-large seats on the Fairfax County School Board. Included is Chris Braunlich, who was the Lee District representative for two terms.
As the election nears, various publications will publish extensive voting guides. We suggest you check out all of the candidates before you make your choice. Websites and phone numbers will be available in the guides should you have additional questions. Since it is of utmost importance for Rose Hill, we suggest you visit the websites for the two candidates for Lee District Supervisor. Contact Doug Boulter at dougboulter.org and Jeff McKay at mckay4supervisor.com.
There are two Fairfax County Bond issues on the ballot, one for schools and the other for transportation. The schools are asking for $365,200,000 including the $3 million for Rose Hill Elementary mentioned above, and the County is asking $110 million for transportation improvements to include roads, transit, and pedestrian improvements throughout the County. Included is $8.5 million to supplement whatever funds the federal government makes available for improvements to handle traffic for the expansion of Fort Belvoir. There are no specific transportation projects in our area mentioned in the bond information provided to the citizens. Lee District school projects include $18.5 million for the renovation of Franconia Elementary and $7.5 million for an addition to Hybla Valley Elementary. There also is $14 million for replacement of heat and air conditioning systems and another $10 million for roof replacement. A bus service facility is proposed at $50 million and another $38.6 million is earmarked for completion of projects that were previously funded.
The County says the bond total of $475,200,000 will not contribute to an increase in taxes. Fairfax County has a Triple A rating in the bond market, making the interest rate lower than most local or state governments in the country. The County’s debt management program calls for the long-term debt to not exceed three percent of the total market value of taxable real and personal property in the county. It also provides that annual debt service be kept below 10 percent of annual combined general fund spending, and that bond sales shall not exceed an average of $375 million per year or $1.375 billion over 5 years. Approximately eight percent of your taxes go to pay for bonded indebtedness. As of July 30, 2007, the total bond indebtedness is $3.1 billion over the next 29 years. Over the next 5 years, $1.2 billion, or approximately 40 percent, of the debt is scheduled to be paid off. Bond sales previously approved by the voters are authorized annually by the Board of Supervisors within the guidelines above.
Rose Hill Raid Painting
Thanks to Dave and Linda Nichols, Wellington and Anna Machmer, Connie Beatty, Marty Williams, and Marvin and Frances Justice for joining me in sponsoring the copy of the Rose Hill Raid painting that will be on permanent display at the John Marshall Library. Their names will be included with the display at the library. Others wishing to have their names associated with the display can do so by donating at least $25 to RHCA by sending a check to P.O. Box 10891, Franconia, VA 22310. You can also contribute when you send in your 2008 dues. The dues information is below and will be repeated in each issue through early 2008. As mentioned above, you can do it all by visiting the RHCA table on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, at Rose Hill Elementary. The painting is symbolic of the raid by Confederate partisan Colonel John S. Mosby and his troop on the Rose Hill manor house that stood at the end of May Boulevard on September 28, 1863. Mosby captured Daniel Dulany, who was an aide to the governor of Virginia that had been appointed by President Lincoln. Ironically, one of Mosby’s raiders was Dulany’s son, French. The original painting was done by famed Civil War artist John Paul Swain of Dallas, who based his impressions on information from the Franconia Museum and RHCA’s website, myrosehill.com. You can be a part of our community’s history by helping sponsor the copy that will be prominently displayed in the library. If you would like your own personal copy of the print, ordering information is available on myrosehill.com or give me a call at 703.971.4716, and I’ll put you in touch with the proper person. Prints are available through the Franconia Museum.
Police Report Abduction, Scam
Police are reminding everyone to make sure their doors and windows are locked and they leave their exterior lights on in the wake of a reported burglary and abduction case in the Glenwood Mews townhouse community across from the Coast Guard Station on Telegraph Road. A man entered a 28-year-old woman’s townhouse, abducted her, and demanded money shortly after 9pm on Thursday, October 11. The victim was home alone in an upstairs bedroom and heard a suspicious noise. When she opened her bedroom door, she was immediately confronted by an intruder who forced her to the floor and placed a metal object to the back of her head. After taking an undisclosed amount of money from the home, the suspect forced the woman to leave the house with him. They walked only a short distance before the victim was able to free herself and run for help. Neighbors heard her screams and came to her rescue. She was not injured. The suspect fled on foot.
Police also warn residents not to be taken in by a group calling themselves ‘Borderline Property Specialists’ who are distributing literature citing a bogus law and selling unnecessary services. The group shows a brochure stating it is Fairfax County law that a property must be surveyed prior to any construction on in-ground features such as a pool. There is no Fairfax County statute requiring such a survey. Residents are advised to always seek a permit for any construction. Any requirements will be outlined in the permit application.
Special Police Hotline Unveiled
The Fairfax County Police Department has established a special telephone hotline to handle an increasing number of citizen complaints about large commercial dumpsters and self-contained storage units, commonly known as PODS, on the streets in their neighborhoods. The hotline number, 703.280.0583, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Citizens of Fairfax County can alert police to a potential problem with the location of a commercial dumpster or self-contained storage unit on the street. This hotline should not be used to report issues involving self-contained storage units on private property (i.e., in a neighbor’s driveway).
An investigator from the police department will respond to the reported location to assess the situation. If the investigator determines that the container is in a location that creates a traffic hazard, it will be removed from the location immediately. The container will be purged of its contents and stored by the Fairfax County Police Department.
If the container is not deemed to be a traffic hazard, but is in violation of Fairfax County Code Section 15.2-2018, the owner of the container, not the homeowner, will be notified of the violation and will have four working days to remove it. If the container is not removed within the allotted four-day period, the police department will have it removed.
In both scenarios, the cost incurred for removal and storage will be absorbed by the owner of the container, not the homeowner.
A summons will be issued or a warrant obtained for the owner of the container at the time of the removal.
Parent Resource Center
· Wednesday, October 24. ABA Workshop for Parents of Secondary Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities. A workshop designed to help parents use Applied Behavior Analysis strategies at home. Workshop to be held at the Dunn Loring Center, Dunn Loring.
· Monday, October 29. SIBSHOPS. This popular workshop returns to Kilmer Center, Vienna, on Monday afternoon, from 2 to 4pm. This workshop is for children ages 7 to 11 who have brothers and sisters with special needs.
· Friday, November 2. First Fridays at the Parent Resource Center. A monthly series of free, informal events for parents to be held at the Dunn Loring Center, Dunn Loring. November’s topic: Richard LaVoie’s DVD, “It’s So Much Work to be Your Friend; Helping the Learning Disabled Child find Social Success.”
· Saturday, November 17. “Life Planning Tools: Options for Children with Disabilities” is a free workshop offered by the Special Education Parent Resource Centers of Fairfax County Public Schools, Alexandria City Public Schools, Arlington Public Schools and, The Arc of Northern Virginia. The workshop will be held at Luther Jackson Middle School, Falls Church.
· Saturday, December 1. “Future Quest 2007” is a free career and college forum for students with disabilities, parents and professionals. Keynote Speaker is Jonathan Mooney, author of Learning Outside the Lines, and The Short Bus. The forum is at George Mason University Johnson Center.
For registration information, visit the PRC website at www.fcps.edu/ss/prc and select “Workshops.”
Partners for Safe Teen Driving Program Introduced in FCPS
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is introducing the Partners for Safe Teen Driving program in its driver education curriculum beginning with the fall semester of the 2007-08 school year. The program – a parent education initiative intended to help reduce teen crashes – is sponsored by community partners FCPS, Fairfax County government, the Fairfax County Police Department, the City of Fairfax Police Department, and the Allstate Foundation.
Partners for Safe Teen Driving is designed to:
· Increase parental involvement in the education of teen drivers.
· Create awareness of the parent’s responsibilities in the student’s driver education and licensing process.
· Create opportunities for better partnerships between teens and their parents while developing responsible drivers.
· Promote communication between parents and teens regarding the importance of responsible behavior.
· Develop a better understanding of the impact of driver behavior on the community.
Each FCPS high school will offer a 90-minute evening presentation to parents during the fall semester, which will include video clips, guest speakers, local and state teen crash statistics, and information on driver education classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction, the licensing process, insurance concerns, common teen traffic violations, parental roles and responsibilities, and coaching the teen driver.
Urgent Appeal From Koinonia Board of Directors
Koinonia is in urgent need of financial assistance. As of August 31, 2007, income from churches, individual and corporate donors, and United Way/CFC was down almost 40%. Our expenses have exceeded our revenue by $43,000.
There are several reasons for this:
Costs for housing and utility assistance in late winter and spring outstripped our estimates. The number of individuals and families in our area with high rent has increased. Soaring utility bills and enlarged food budgets has also grown due to the increasing number of individuals per household. As the cold weather approaches, we anticipate additional requests for housing and heating assistance.
One of our major donors is no longer able to organize an annual fundraiser for Koinonia. While some former sponsors of this event have made donations directly to Koinonia, there is still a shortfall in our income.
After considerable and thoughtful discussions, the Koinonia staff and Board of Directors took immediate action to recover some of the loss:
Since the late spring, we have adjusted the maximum yearly amount given to any one client or family in order to keep expenses in check.
Faced with increased costs associated with Fairfax County summer camp sessions, we sponsored fewer children through Kamp Koinonia.
We lowered the amount by which we subsidize the purchase of back to school shoes for the children in our families.
We decreased the overall remodeling budget and addressed only immediate concerns relating to the effectiveness of how our clients are served, and safety issues for all who work in our building.
Koinonia has been, and will continue to be, responsible and careful in how we spend the donations we receive. Koinonia has carried on the mission of compassion and care in the Franconia community, and will continue to do so with your generous friendship and support. Please help us today with your special donation.
Name Amount Address City, State, Zip Email Address
Please send to: The Koinonia Foundation, Inc. * 6037 Franconia Road * Alexandria, VA 22310 Thank you!
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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