Articles by: Penny Gross
Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be e-mailed at mason@fairfaxcounty.gov

A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 18, 2014 6:46 PM3 comments

A unilateral action by the Arlington County Board has destroyed 15 years of joint effort to bring streetcar service to the Columbia Pike corridor, abrogated a longtime partnership between Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and set back transit options in this part of the region, possibly for generations. The streetcar project […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 13, 2014 12:45 PM0 comments

Last week’s column about pedestrian safety hadn’t even been printed when Mason District experienced another life-threatening pedestrian acciden. This time, the pedestrian was a young woman crossing Braddock Road at Witch Hazel Road near the Green Spring Gardens entrance. Preliminary investigation indicates that the pedestrian was at or near the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 6, 2014 10:09 AM0 comments

One of the most-dreaded calls I get from our public safety personnel is the notification of a pedestrian accident. In the past two weeks, I’ve received two of those calls, and both incidents could, and should, have been prevented. The first, which resulted in the death of a female pedestrian, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 30, 2014 10:39 AM0 comments

Tuesday, November 4, is Election Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Registered voters should go to their regular polling place on Tuesday; polls are open from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. New this year is a requirement that every voter must show a photo ID at the precinct. Acceptable photo […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 23, 2014 10:14 AM0 comments

Decades ago, Mason District was very suburban, predominantly Caucasian, and home mostly to federal workers and their families. Foreign language was an elective in our schools, kindergarten was a half-day, and Fairfax Hospital (on Mason District’s border) was one mid-rise building on Gallows Road. How things have changed! Today, Mason […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 16, 2014 10:06 AM0 comments

For a long time, Ebola virus disease was relegated to the back pages of the newspaper, affecting a few poor areas in Africa, thousands of miles away. First identified in 1976, the disease takes its name from the Ebola River, which runs near a village with one of the first […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 9, 2014 10:26 AM0 comments

Election Day is approaching rapidly, but there are a few days left to register in time to vote in the November 4 election. Next Tuesday, October 14, is the last day to register to vote in the general election. In Fairfax County, in-person registration deadline is 5 p.m. You may […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 2, 2014 10:38 AM1 comment

Much of Mason District was developed as a purely suburban model, geared for cars, not pedestrians. Many subdivisions were designed without sidewalks, allowing for a larger expanse of lawn to mow, perhaps, but certainly not encouraging walkability or neighborhood interaction. Since sidewalks were not required by local ordinance years ago, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 25, 2014 10:51 AM0 comments

The Seven Corners Land Use and Transportation Task Force is concluding its two years of work to create a long-term vision (the next 20 to 40 years) and land use recommendations for the Seven Corners/Willston area. At my request, the original study period and meeting schedule was extended to permit […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 18, 2014 8:40 AM1 comment

The work of the Seven Corners Land Use and Transportation Task Force is nearing its close, and I was pleased to provide an update to the Falls Church City Council on Monday evening.

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