Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
RHCA Needs Your Help NOW to Slow Traffic on Our Streets
The wheels continue to turn in our effort to curb speeding and aggressive driving on Rose Hill streets. We are expecting VDOT to install stop signs on Apple Tree Drive and Willowood Lane and on Willowood at Bee Street. Those new signs will convert those intersections to four-way stops. Thanks to the residents at those intersections for signing petitions urging VDOT to proceed with the new signs.
We are in the process of working with the County and VDOT to slow traffic on Rose Hill Drive, particularly in the vicinity of Rose Hill Elementary School, and slow the cut-through traffic on Cottonwood Drive between Rose Hill and Split Rock Road on the way to Telegraph Road. Drivers currently use the latter route to avoid the traffic light at Rose Hill Drive and Telegraph Road.
We will have to gather signatures to verify that 75 percent of those residents on the streets are in favor of cut-through and traffic calming restrictions. First, we need volunteers to circulate petitions on Rose Hill Drive, its cul de sacs, and at least the first block of cross streets. The County staff will prepare the petitions and maps for the areas to be canvassed. On Cottonwood, we will need to contact every homeowner on the street between Rose Hill and Split Rock and all the cul-de-sacs in between.
A number of people already have indicated their willingness to contact their neighbors. We’d like to complete the lists so they can be presented to the County staff. If you are willing to help, please attend our meeting on Tuesday, September 26, in the community room at the John Marshall Library. The meeting begins at 7pm. We will go over the procedure for contacting Rose Hill residents. It would be particularly helpful to have people who speak Spanish or other languages used by Rose Hill residents.
Even if you don’t live on Rose Hill or Cottonwood Drives, many of you use those streets and have been the victim of speeders. How many times have you been passed on the right on Rose Hill Drive between Leewood Drive and Franconia Road?
The County and VDOT have a procedure in place and we need to follow it in order to obtain additional stop signs and/or traffic calming on Rose Hill Drive and traffic calming on Cottonwood Drive. We need your help in order to satisfy the criteria outlined by the County and VDOT. If you would like to see what a ‘speed hump’ method of curtailing speed looks like, drive down Old Rolling Road off Franconia Road at the Shell (formerly Crown) station.
Please attend our September 26 meeting and join in the fight against speeders in Rose Hill. We’ll outline the procedure, answer questions, and gratefully accept your help. Speeding is like the weather. Everybody talks about it but few do anything. Here’s your chance!
Highland Drive Development
The owner of almost an acre of ground on Highland Drive has submitted a site plan to Fairfax County for development of a 12,150 square foot building, 26 feet high, with 59 parking spaces. The property is zoned C-5 and can be used for neighborhood commercial or office. It is located directly behind 6407, 6409, and 6411 Maryview Street. It also touches a portion of 6405 Maryview, and borders the Highland Park Swim Club property. It is bordered by the Cox Communications building on the east. According to the engineer who prepared the plan, the building is going to be used for four separate retail establishments. The plan includes retaining walls around most of the property in an effort to stabilize the soil. The entire site is located in marine clay soils, an issue of great concern to RHCA. The applicant has requested a modification of the screening and barrier requirements. RHCA has informed the County that it opposes and modification of the 20-foot screening requirement between the development and the homes on Maryview Street. We have also raised questions concerning the desirability of building on marine clay and water runoff due to the large development envelope. Go to myrosehill.com and click on Correspondence to read the RHCA letter to Supervisor Kauffman.
Rose Hill Reserve Update
As reported on myrosehill.com two weeks ago, the surveyors that were working on the property were updating information required by the County as part of the second submission of the site plan. To recap where we are, the soils report was approved by the County last Spring. The owner then submitted a site plan. The County returned that first submission to the owner with requests for updated and/or new information. Once again, RHCA has notified the County and the owner that we expect a briefing before any plan is approved. The Special Exception authorizing the development of 45 homes on the 22 acres was approved in June 2004. That Special Exception will expire in December of this year and, if a plan is not approved by then, the Board of Supervisors will have to authorize any extension. You will recall that the property is zoned R-3, the same as the rest of Rose Hill. Fifty-nine lots are platted as part of the R-3 zoning. The process we are working on now is less 14 homes than previously approved. None of the conditions negotiated by RHCA as part of the Special Exception will be in force if it expires. If you want to review the approved development plan and the conditions, go to myrosehill.com and click on Rose Hill Reserve. The conditions adopted by the Board of Supervisors, the proposed layout, and the previously approved R-3 layout are all there for your information.
Street Light Upgrade
One of the darkest areas in Rose Hill is the intersection of Split Rock Road and Telegraph Road. That’s about to change. RHCA, the County, VDOT, and Dominion Virginia Power all are cooperating to upgrade and add new lights on Split Rock and along Telegraph from Rose Hill Drive to the golf course. There have been complaints about not being able to see the turn at Split Rock off Telegraph at night. Likewise, the dark corner has been a magnet for illegal activity. The existing mercury vapor lights (bluish tint) will be replaced by orange high-pressure sodium lights. You’ll notice the difference and so will those wishing to operate under the cover of darkness. Thanks to all the residents on Split Rock and at the corner of Telegraph who signed the petition informing the County that they had no objection to the upgrade. We trust it will make things safer in your immediate vicinity. If there are other areas in Rose Hill in need of a lighting upgrade, please let RHCA know and we will contact the County.
Franconia History Events
The Franconia Museum will sponsor two upcoming events designed to heighten interest in the history of our area. The first event is a Story Swap, discussing members of families featured in Franconia Remembers, the third volume of the Museum’s booklets chronicling our area’s past through the reminisces of those who lived here. The Story Swap is scheduled between 1 and 3pm on Saturday, September 30, in the community room of the John Marshall Library. Punch and cookies will be available. Volume 3 of Franconia Remembers will be on sale, as will the previous two volumes. The latest booklet contains almost 200 pages of text and pictures. On Saturday, October 28, the Museum will present its Fifth Annual History Day celebration from 10am to 3pm at Franconia Elementary School. The theme for this year’s events and displays will honor Franconia—Past and Present. All three volumes of Franconia Remembers will be available as well as Franconia baseball caps, food, and entertainment by area school groups. Rose Hill is an integral part of the history of Franconia and I’d like to start work on a permanent display depicting the history of our community to be housed at the Franconia Museum’s new headquarters in the Franconia Government Center. This item will be discussed at our September 26 meeting. Any volunteers?
One Case Solved, Another Pending
Detectives from the Franconia Station have charged a Lorton man in several indecent exposure cases, including one that occurred on May 9, in the 6200 block of Rose Hill Drive. In that case, the man approached two young girls who were playing in their yard. He told them he was looking for his dog, and then exposed himself to the victims. In another case, he was charged with exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl in her backyard. Investigation revealed that the suspect approached the girl on two other occasions claiming to be looking for his cat. In another case, the man used the ruse that he had a box of rabbits before exposing himself and, in yet another, he attempted to get young girls to follow him to look at stray cats. These other cases occurred in the Lorton and Springfield areas.
Police still are looking for the two suspects who robbed a man who was walking his dog, also in the 6200 block of Rose Hill Drive. That incident occurred about 11pm on July 6. One of the suspects brandished a gun. The robbers took a pocketknife and jewelry. Police described the suspects as black men, in their 20s, approximately 5’10’’ and about 170 pounds. The first suspect wore a light colored shirt, dark pants, and a colored bandana over his face. The second suspect wore a light colored shirt, dark pants, and sunglasses. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1.800.866.TIPS (8477) or the Fairfax County non-emergency number at 703.691.2131.
Slain Police Fund
Thanks to your help, RHCA was able to contribute $300 to each of the trust funds established to help the families of the two police officers who lost their lives at the Sully Station earlier this year. Detective Vicky Armel was killed immediately and Master Police Officer Michael Garbarino died of his wounds a week later. As you will recall, we asked Rose Hill residents to channel their contributions through RHCA and we would forward the funds to the trust funds. A personal thanks to each of you who answered the call. Both officers had young children and your contribution will aid their educational needs. If you didn’t contribute earlier and want to help, send your contribution to either the Armel Family Trust Fund, c/o Fairfax County Federal Credit Union, 4201 Members Way, Fairfax, VA 22030 or the Garbarino Family Trust Fund at the same address. Why not be like RHCA and send a contribution to both?
Bonds on Ballot
Two Fairfax County bond issues will be on the November 7 ballot. The County is asking $125 million to renovate and expand police facilities at Fair Oaks, McLean, and Reston; the West Ox Road Animal Shelter; the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Station; and the Fire and Rescue Training Academy. Also included are renovations at various other public safety facilities, including the historic courthouse. Additionally, the Park Authority is asking approval of $25 million in future projects. Included is $10 million for land acquisition, $10 million to convert up to 12 existing natural turf athletic fields to synthetic turf, and $5 million to further develop the countywide trail network. You can vote yes or no on the total questions and cannot vote on individual projects. For example, the $125 million public safety bond will be subject to a yes or no vote, as will the $25 million Park Authority bond request. The County is on record as saying these requests will NOT cause an increase in the tax rate because the County’s total bond indebtedness does not exceed three percent of its total market value of taxable real estate and private property. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/bond. If there is enough interest, we’ll schedule a presentation on the specifics of the bonds at our October meeting. My question is that if transportation is our highest priority, why no requests for bonds to finance local road improvements?
Donna Joy Beaty
September 21, 1924 – August 10, 2006
On Tuesday, August 29, 2006, Donna Beaty joined her husband, Joe, in the Hallowed Ground of Arlington Ceremony. Both were heroes—Joe for his Army service in three wars and Donna for her support on the home front as a mother, teacher, and worker in the war effort. They truly represented what has been called the ‘Greatest Generation.’ Joe served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Joe and Donna were married on New Year’s Day 1953. When Joe shipped out to Europe, Donna stayed behind and taught school. When Joe was recalled to active duty and sent to Korea, Donna stayed behind and worked in a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ type job at Timken Roller Bearing in Colorado Springs. Donna and the family joined Joe in Japan in 1954. They later lived at Fort Meyer and Frankfurt, Germany. When Joe went to Vietnam, Donna, son Joseph Raymond, and daughter Vikki Sue lived in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Donna and Joe moved to Rose Hill in 1968 and immediately became active in community activities. They were members of the Civic Association and helped form our outstanding Neighborhood Watch program. Carolyn Slenska, our RHCA’s past president and current treasurer, recalls that the Beatys were among the first people she met when she moved to Rose Hill and they recruited her for community service. Carolyn, like many others, found out you just couldn’t say no to Donna Beaty!
The Beatys were members of Franconia United Methodist Church. Donna prepared meals and helped deliver them as part of Meals on Wheels program and the Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church. Their house on Roundhill Road was a showplace and earned the honor as a Rose Hill Beauty in each year since the program was instituted five years ago. Joe passed away in the late 1990s, but Donna made sure the grounds were kept immaculate in his honor.
On August 13, 2006, a large contingent of Donna’s friends and church members gathered at Franconia United Methodist Church for a memorial service in Donna’s honor. Woody Betts, coordinator of our Neighborhood Watch, and I had the honor of offering our community’s grateful memories of Donna’s service to our community.
If I close my eyes and dream, I can call up the vision of Donna, while walking her dog, greeting neighbors and newcomers with, “Have you heard about our Neighborhood Watch?” She usually signed up new watchers on the spot. That is why Rose Hill has one of the most effective Neighborhood Watch programs in Fairfax County. Donna organized her roster each year and made sure everyone made their appointed rounds.
Donna is gone, but she will not be forgotten. We are a safer community because of her efforts. Even as illness curtailed her activities before her death, she continued to work on Neighborhood Watch. She always started her phone calls with, “I wish I was able to do more.” Donna did more than enough. We all can honor her memory by following her example by serving God, family, country, and community.
If you have occasion to visit the Vietnam, Korea, and the new World War II memorials on the Mall, you can reflect in awe that Joe and Donna Beaty served in all three. I don’t know about you, but that is a thought that humbles me.
Donna’s passing leaves a void in the Rose Hill volunteer community. We could use your help in a variety of capacities: Neighborhood Watch, The Rambler delivery and distribution, and advertising sales. Please contact Marty Williams, 703.924.7192, or Carl Sell, 703.971.4716, if you can help out. RHCA would really appreciate it!
FCPS Announces 2006 College Fair and College Night Programs
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will hold its annual College Fair on Sunday, October 15, from 7:30 to 9:30pm at Fair Oaks Mall and its annual College Night program on Monday, October 16, from 7 to 9pm at Hayfield Secondary School. High school students and their families are encouraged to attend these two events to explore post-secondary educational opportunities. Both events are free and open to the public.
Representatives from more than 400 colleges and universities from across the U.S., including two-year and four-year colleges, as well as business, technical, and nursing schools, will be on hand to talk to prospective students. An updated list of attending colleges can be found at www.fcps.edu/ss/collegefairnight.
College Night, scheduled for the following evening at Hayfield Secondary School, will offer workshops related to college admissions and:
The SAT and ACT
College athletics and the NCAA
Considerations for students with disabilities in the college admissions process
Successful strategies for college-bound students
Writing the college application essay
The admissions process for students pursuing the arts
For additional information, contact Beth Westbrook, college fair and college night liaison in the Office of School Counseling Services, at 571.423.4429.
Note: Fair Oaks Mall is located at 11750 Fair Oaks in Fairfax. Hayfield Secondary School is located at 7630 Telegraph Road in Alexandria.
Rose Hill Elementary School
Rose Hill PTA wants to effectively communicate with all families attending Rose Hill Elementary School, but we need your help. Periodically we need the translation of information for flyers or posters. Please contact Sue Reynolds (703.971.8929; firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are fluent in English and Spanish and willing to help us in this manner.
FCPS Schedules Gifted and Talented Parent Information Nights
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will offer its Gifted and Talented (GT) Parent Information Nights in October for parents who are considering available options for their children. The schedule will be:
Tuesday, October 17, Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Road, Oakton.
Wednesday, October 25, West Potomac High School, 6500 Quander Road, Alexandria.
Monday, October 30, Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean.
Each of the programs will begin at 7:30pm.
This year, a translator for Vietnamese will be available at Oakton, a translator for Spanish will be available at West Potomac, and a translator for Korean will be available at Langley.
The information sessions will provide an overview of the continuum of GT services; screening, testing, and identification procedures; and the time lines established for GT services.
Note: For more information, contact Carol Horn at 703.846.8670 or email@example.com.
Have you seen this flamingo?
It was last seen at its home on Franconia Road in July. If you have any information, please call the Editor, Marty Williams, at 703.924.7192.
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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