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Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
June 2005

President’s Message

Telegraph Interchange Redesign Eliminates Bottlenecks and Turns

A redesigned Telegraph Road Interchange with the Capital Beltway has been unveiled by the Virginia Department of Transportation. The new design includes bridges carrying traffic over Telegraph Road from Huntington Avenue and North King’s Highway. As a result, there will no longer be left turns off Telegraph southbound at either Huntington or North King’s.

The redesign was made possible because the bids for the Route 1 Interchange came in at $20 million less than anticipated and the money was transferred to the Telegraph Road Interchange. Previously, turns from Telegraph onto Huntington and North King’s would have been at grade, continuing the lengthy waits at the traffic lights.

Pre-construction activities, such as business relocations and utility relocation work, have already begun in preparation for building the new Telegraph Road Interchange. The Interchange is the final component of the 7.5 mile Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project and is currently scheduled to be completed in 2011.

The new span of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge is scheduled to open next spring (2006). Existing Beltway traffic will be routed onto the new bridge in six travel lanes (three lanes in each direction). The existing bridge will be demolished and the new northern span of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge is scheduled to open in mid-2008. The completed new bridge will have three general use lanes, two express lanes, and one HOV lane and a pedestrian/bikeway lane in each direction.

The Route 1 Interchange is currently under construction. Its cost of approximately $600 million is the same as the Springfield Interchange. The Telegraph Road Interchange is expected to cost $316 million. The bridge will add $820 million and two interchanges in Maryland add another $465 million for a grand total of $2.4 Billion!

The Telegraph Interchange redesign should greatly benefit through-traffic going both north and south on Telegraph Road. Although there will remain at-grade traffic signals at both Huntington Avenue and King’s Highway, the turning movements will be greatly reduced. For example, the turns at King’s Highway and Telegraph will be limited to right or left turns from King’s onto Telegraph. The same situation will exist at Huntington.

Traffic from Burgundy Village will access Telegraph at an extension of East Drive that will lineup with existing Lenore Lane. A light will be added at that intersection. Two elevated ramps will provide access from the Beltway Outer Loop to eastbound Huntington Avenue (toward Metro) and northbound King’s Highway, as well as southbound Telegraph Road. Two additional elevated ramps will provide access from southbound Telegraph to eastbound Huntington Avenue and North King’s Highway, thus eliminating the need for left turns.

There are a number of issues that need to be resolved. Most of them affect the Burgundy Village community and involve noise attenuation and the location of the extension of East Drive. Pedestrian access to the Huntington Metro Station from Burgundy needs to be greatly improved. RHCA will support any effort to improve the design so that it will have minimal impact on neighboring communities. However, the improvements to Telegraph will benefit a wide area and should not be held hostage to strictly localized concerns.

We will have a large copy of the plan for the Telegraph Interchange available at our June 28 meeting. I’ll trace the different traffic movements and how they will help move through traffic on Telegraph Road.

Although there are massive improvements to the Beltway Interchanges at Springfield, Telegraph, and Route 1, there is no immediate relief in sight for the Van Dorn Interchange. Plans for a full interchange at Van Dorn have been discussed, but as yet, no funding for construction is available.

All About Quilts

In an effort to showcase one of the many artisans in our community, we have invited Marjorie Parkyn of Carriage Drive and her daughter, Sally Dankers, to our June 28 meeting to educate us in the art of quilt making. Marjorie and Sally make quilts by hand for sale. They will bring several samples of their work, including one in production, and explain how it is done. Marjorie is 81 and taught herself how to make quilts within the last dozen years. You might find a quilt a good gift idea. At the least, you’ll understand how they are made by hand. The meeting begins at 7pm in the community room of the John Marshall Library. Refreshments will be served. RHCA also is looking for other artisans in the community to share their talent at a future meeting. Contact any of the officers with the names of these special people!

Parking on Grass

Rose Hill residents are advised of two regulations involving the parking of cars on grass, either on public or private property. First, residents on Rose Hill Drive are advised that parking on the grass strip between the sidewalk and the curb is illegal and violators are subject to receiving a parking violation from the Fairfax County police. The grass strip belongs to the Virginia Department of Transportation and not the individual homeowners. RHCA has been trying to alert residents about this regulation in the hope they will not park their cars on the grass and subject themselves to a ticket with its financial penalties. RHCA is working with the County’s Office of Transportation to obtain signage at several locations to warn residents and guests about the parking prohibition. Second, residents throughout the community are advised that parking in their front yards is limited to 25 percent of the width of the total front yard. Residents with doublewide driveways are approaching the limit so any additional parking on the grass is a potential violation. In the latter case, it is a violation of County ordinance that could result in a fine or court summons for failure to comply. RHCA is committed to enforcement of the County zoning laws and passes on this information in the hope it will help residents avoid tickets or other penalties.

Correction, New Members

RHCA apologizes to the Christiansens at 6500 Carriage Drive. We failed to change our records to reflect a recent marriage. That Rose Hill Beauty sign should have preceded this apology. Thanks for the great improvement at that address. We also missed the Lewises at 6206 Thornwood Drive. They are long-time members. New members since the May Rambler include Norma & Augusto Alvarez, Jr., 6507 Carriage Drive; Jane & Margo Cunniffe, 4609 Mayor Place; Ron & Donna Dillon, 4618 Winston Place; William & Christina Gerke, 4905 Apple Tree Drive; Nell Husseini, 5916 Treetop Lane; and John & Dorothy Thibeau, 6216 Saddle Tree Drive. Again, thanks to all of you who have joined RHCA and supported our various projects during the year.

Development Issues

There are many rumors concerning potential development of the property on Rock-A-By Lane bordered by Bee Street, Willowood Lane, and Rose Hill Drive and accessed at the end of Lark Lane. Some probably are true, but we won’t know for sure until if and when a development plan is filed with Fairfax County. We do know that a potential developer has purchased the house at 4413 Bee Street, presumably in an effort to provide an access point for development. There currently is an easement connecting Rock-A-By Lane to Bee Street, but it does not meet current County standards. Once a plan is presented to the County, RHCA will obtain a copy, share it with the community, and then prepare a list of concerns. The property is zoned R-3, the same as the rest of Rose Hill, so single-family homes can be built by right. Any other development would require a rezoning and its resulting public hearings. If the property is developed by right, RHCA will be particularly concerned about water runoff, tree preservation, and any potential adverse effects on neighboring properties if marine clay is present.

We have nothing new to report concerning the development of Rose Hill Park Section III. We expect to be notified when and if a site plan is filed with the County. As you know, we will insist that the conditions adopted by the Board of Supervisors last summer are followed.

If anything comes up over the summer involving either development, we will advise the neighbors and call a special meeting.

How About Those Nationals!

As of this writing, the Washington Nationals are in first place in the National League’s East Division. A major league baseball team representing the Nation’s Capital hasn’t been in that lofty a position since 1933 (that’s even before your RHCA president was born!). Although we don’t expect to win a Division that includes the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Florida Marlins, and New York Mets, our Nationals are very, very competitive. If you haven’t been to a game, plan to do so. Ticket prices for upper deck in the outfield are as low as $7, even lower during special promotions or group sales. Go to  for all prices and locations. If you plan to attend a game, here are a few suggestions: If you’re going to a weekday game, ride Metro to the Stadium/Armory station. Take the Blue Line all the way from Franconia-Springfield or the Yellow Line from Huntington and change to the Blue or Orange Line at L’Enfant Plaza. If you want to drive, attend weekend games to avoid rush-hour traffic. If the team continues to be competitive, look for crowds of 30,000+ during the week and 40,000+ on weekends. The stadium and its personnel are fan-friendly and baseball crowds are rarely rowdy. You can take bottled water into the stadium, but not soft or fruit drinks. You also can take snacks. If you want a hot dog, buy it at one of the outdoor stands next to the Armory. A fully dressed hot dog and a 20-ounce bottled soft drink cost $4 outside, twice that inside! And you can get only mustard and ketchup inside. I always ‘eat street’ before a game. Peanuts also are much cheaper outside.

See You In September

RHCA does not meet in July or August. Our next meeting will be September 26, 2005. However, rest assured that our outstanding Neighborhood Watch will be on duty all summer. If you have any questions or concerns, please call any of the officers. If you don’t get a call back within a few days, try another officer as the first one may be on vacation.

—Carl Sell

Need a Babysitter for Tonight?

Middle schoolgirls looking to earn money for the summer.
Call Heather Langham (703.971.2775) and Stephanie Dillon (703.971.0139)


No set prices…dependent on the job…we’ll split our earnings!


You’ve Been Waiting & It’s Finally Here!

The Franconia Museum’s Franconia Remembers: Volume II A Historic Montage of Pictures and Lore  (Ashland, Fitzgerald, Goodheart, Higham, Schurtz, Smith, Starry, Tharpe, Old Franconia School, and Wards Corner)

Price: $20.00

Note: Volume I is still available at $10.00

Contact Jac Walker, 703.971.2463 for more information or mail $20 per book plus $3.50 for postage (add $1 for each additional book) to Franconia Museum, Inc., 7011A Manchester Boulevard, Box #176, Franconia, VA 22310

Franconia Volunteer Fire Department Looking for Additional Volunteers

The Franconia Volunteer Fire Department is looking for two types of volunteers: administrative volunteers who work bingo; and riding volunteers who, in addition to working bingo, become firefighters and/or Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). The Franconia VFD has been in existence since 1933 providing valuable personnel and equipment for our community for more than 72 years! Unlike much of the rest of Fairfax County, the volunteers own the Franconia Fire Station and all of the vehicles in it including a tower truck, two fire engines, two ambulances, and three other vehicles. We also own a fire engine and two ambulances at the Kingstowne Fire Station. To give you an idea of the expenses involved, a fire engine costs more than $400,000! The volunteer contributions of buildings, land, and vehicles for our community are made possible by bingo, which is held at the Franconia Fire Station on Wednesday and Saturday nights. In order to maintain bingo and the income it generates for the fire department, we urgently need administrative volunteers. Anyone over age 18 may apply. No special skills or abilities are required. All training is provided by the department.

The fire department also needs riding volunteers willing to become firefighters or EMTs. Although both stations are always manned by professional firefighters, EMTs, and Medics, riding volunteers provide additional staffing. We also place additional units in service that would not be running without the volunteers. The volunteers provide ambulances at football games at Edison and Hayfield High Schools, Wolf Trap concerts, county-wide fairs, festivals, and other community events. If you are interested in becoming a riding member and learning first aid and/or firefighter skills, this is a terrific opportunity. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and physically fit. Training and gear are provided by the department.

All that is requested from you is your time, energy, and commitment. For more information call 703.922. 5858 or visit our website at You may also stop by during bingo on any Wednesday or Saturday night and speak to one of the volunteers. The address is 6300 Beulah St., Franconia, VA 22310-2626.

—Watkins Gray, Franconia VFD

RHCA wants to remind you that the volunteers never see any of the new surcharge/tax imposed on April 1 on County residents when transported to a medical facility.

Volunteers Needed at Lee District ReCenter

For 4 hours a week of volunteer duty, you earn FREE USE of the Lee District ReCenter (pool, fitness room, gym and basketball). We have many needs and are extremely flexible. Contact the volunteer coordinator, Mike Guignard, at 703.922.9841 ext. 211 for more information or drop by the ReCenter and fill out a volunteer application form.

What Do You Think?

You’re invited to participate in Fairfax County Public Library’s new discussion blog! Go to: We’ll discuss fatherhood, bullying, dreams, dating, adoption, and other issues related to The Kite Runner, this summer’s All Fairfax Reads selection. Khaled Hosseini’s book is the basis for the library’s “one book, one community” project, which encourages adults to read the same book at the same time. New discussion questions are posted on Tuesdays and Fridays, and are designed so that you can chime in even if you haven’t read the book. Stop in often and keep the conversation going!

To add your comments to our blog:

  1. Click on the word “comments” under the short essay on the main screen.

  2. Type in your comments in the box on the right side of the page.

  3. Under the comments box, click on “other,” or “anonymous.” (If you own a blog, click on “blogger.”)

  4. Click on “publish your comment.”

—Fairfax County Public Library

50th Anniversary Report From The Treasurer

Rose Hill Civic Association 50th Anniversary Picnic

Proceeds and Expenditures








UPS Store (extra printing)




Roy Rogers




Vocelli’s Pizza




Miscellaneous (day of picnic misc. items purchased)




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Total Cost Paid by RHCA to Fund Picnic




T -Shirt Purchase Prices




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Total Cost Paid by RHCA Towards T-Shirts To-Date




Total Cost to RHCA Towards 50th Anniversary Picnic





Lee District Nights 2005 Concert Program

Wednesdays at Lee District Park, 6601 Telegraph Rd.

All concerts are FREE and begin at 7:30pm.

Fridays at Kingstowne Towne Center, 59955 Kingstowne Blvd.

Elke Baker and Liz Donaldson and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

Scottish Dance

Wednesday, June 29

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society in conjunction with Terpsichore: Elke Baker on fiddle (1995 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion) and Liz Donaldson on piano (teacher/dancer of Scottish, English, and American contra and square dances) present an evening of Scottish music and dance.



Friday, July 1

Zydeco A-Go-Go, a five-piece zydeco dance band based in Philadelphia, specializes in zydeco, New Orleans rhythm and blues, vintage Louisiana rock and roll and 60's soul, plus big-band jazz, jump-blues and swing.

Williams & Clark Expedition


Wednesday, July 6

If you love the meld of banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar and upright bass with tight bluegrass harmonies, then you're ready for the Williams & Clark Expedition.

New Columbia Swing Orchestra


Friday, July 8

Exciting and sophisticated entertainment! Goodman, Miller, Sinatra, Porter, Gershwin, Ellington...all the greats in classic performances from the Golden Age of American popular music performed by the exciting New Columbia Swing Orchestra.

J.P. McDermott


Wednesday, July 13

If what you want to hear is some red-hot rockabilly and vintage honky-tonk, prepare for the socks to be knocked out from under your boots and blue suede shoes by J.P. McDermott and Western Bop. Their music has enough heart and soul to bring a tear to the eye and spring the step of the most die-hard roots music lover.


South African Township

July 15

South Africa’s voice in Washington, DC, broadens the musical scope with vibrant, indigenous sounds, and intricate rhythms of "township jive."

The Crawdaddies


Wednesday, July 20

The Crawdaddies are a national touring act based in the Baltimore/DC area whose music combines the infectious pulse and energy of classic Cajun and zydeco rhythms.

Capital Focus Jazz Band


Friday, July 22

Dedicated to the preservation of traditional "New Orleans" jazz, Capital Focus has played at the Cherry Blossom Parade, the White House Easter egg rolls, government events and receptions, state, local and private galas, and jazz festivals throughout the U.S.

Pablo Antonio y La Firma


Wednesday, July 27

Feel the heat! This 13-piece tropical Latin band out of Washington, DC, specializes in tropical music such as merengue, cumbia, bachata and salsa.

Rhodes Tavern Troubadours

American Roots

Friday, July 29

The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours are a post-pop and roots spectacular ready to rock your world and serve up all kinds of ditties from Mark Noone's Slickee Boys tunes to Jake Flack's Thousand Dollar Car/Neptunes rockers and everything in between.

Mambo Combo


Wednesday, August 3

From Long Island to the White House Easter Egg Hunt, Mambo Combo has brought its blend of Latin and Caribbean dance music to thousands of fans in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The U.S. Army Band "Jazz Ensemble"


August 5

The Army Blues Band carries on the WWII tradition of entertaining soldiers and civilians in the battle zone. As the premier jazz ensemble of the US Army, the band’s present-day mission is to promote the American art form of jazz.

Mando Mafia


Wednesday, August 10

Multiple winners of the nontraditional band competition at the Appalachian String Band Festival, Mando Mafia presents innovative arrangements of traditional music from around the world, together with some of their original songs and compositions.

The Alexandria Singers


August 12

Since 1975, the Alexandria Singers have stood out from the choral crowd with their unique repertoire of American popular music — pop, rock, show tunes, blues and jazz.


Eastern European Folk and Gypsy

Wednesday, August 17

Harmonia plays traditional folk music of eastern Europe, ranging from the Danube to the Carpathians. The repertoire reflects the cultures of this region -- Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Romanian, Croatian and Gypsy.

Nothin' Fancy


August 19

Since their 1994 debut, Nothin' Fancy has soared in popularity, released 5 albums and 1 CD single, played the Ryman Theatre in Nashville and the Lincoln Center in NYC, and now have their own festival in Buena Vista, VA.

J Street Jumpers

Jump Blues

Wednesday, August 24

Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) award winner for seven years in a row! The Jumpers create a sound that is a restoration, rather than a renovation, of the classic swing and jump-blues of the '30s, '40s, and '50s.

Ray Kaminsky


August 26

Ray Kaminsky plays Piedmont blues in a highly personable style. His Ghost of the Blues CD was a 2001 Wammie winner.

Hula Monsters


Wednesday, August 31

The winner of numerous Wammie Awards in the World Music Band category, Hula Monsters performs a variety of musical genres, including Hawaiian, rockabilly, blues, country and jazz.


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 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.

Marty Williams

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