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

March 5, 2015 9:48 AM1 comment

Power point presentations often can be long and wordy, but they also can outline and explain difficult issues with more clarity than the usual narrative does. Plenty of power point graphs were on display at the joint Fairfax County Board of Supervisors/School Board meeting about the proposed FY 16 budget […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 26, 2015 10:28 AM0 comments

Fairfax County Executive Ed Long presented his proposed FY2016 budget last week, kicking off the lengthy annual exercise that reviews and revises priorities and services for all Fairfax County residents and businesses. In his presentation to the Board on a day when, ironically, county offices were closed due to a […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 19, 2015 10:37 AM0 comments

T. S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruelest month…,” but February might place second for that designation, especially this February. Although not as snowy as February of 2010, which we remember as “snowmageddon,” the sustained Arctic blasts of the past several days reminds us that Mother Nature still is […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 5, 2015 10:50 AM0 comments

The word “diverse” is used often to describe the character and demographics of Mason District and Fairfax County today, but a look back at the history of this area reflects the fact that this area has long been “diverse.” We have more languages, faiths, and ethnicities represented today, but the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 28, 2015 7:50 PM0 comments

Mason District is blessed with two county-designated revitalization areas – Annandale and Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners. As with many older commercial areas in our region, demographic shifts, new business trends, and changing customer demands mean that the business community, including corporate offices elsewhere, constantly is seeking ways to improve and stabilize […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 22, 2015 11:25 AM0 comments

For more than a year, county staff and the Board’s Economic Advisory Commission (EAC) have been working on a strategic plan to facilitate the economic success of Fairfax County. The EAC was created several years ago to provide an opportunity for Board members and appointed business leaders from all sectors […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 15, 2015 10:26 AM0 comments

Fairfax County is just one of 3,069 counties in the nation, one of the largest population-wise, but shares commonalities with even the smallest counties, such as Loving County, Texas, with a population of 82, and Virginia’s Highland County, on the West Virginia border, with 2321 residents. Counties are just one […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 8, 2015 10:00 AM1 comment

In perhaps his last appearance as a Congressman-elect, Don Beyer addressed a couple hundred attendees at the annual Democratic Road to Richmond brunch on Sunday. In a brief talk, he demonstrated his diplomatic skills honed as Ambassador to Switzerland, and looked forward to serving in the new Congress, representing the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 1, 2015 10:28 AM0 comments

Midst the bustle of shopping and parties, the holidays offer reflection on the year’s events, what made us happy or sad, what was accomplished, and what is left to do. The year 2014 had all of that – high spots and low points – and more. The ultimate high spot […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 25, 2014 11:24 AM0 comments

Merry Christmas! In the true spirit of the holiday season, a long-time friend and constituent shared with me an experience that perfectly reflects both the humanity and the spirituality of the common man, something that so often gets lost in the cacophony of commercialism and politics. I’d like to share […]

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