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

July 23, 2015 10:24 AM5 comments

The more-than-three-year saga for amending the county’s Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) for the Seven Corners/Willston area took another step forward last week when the Fairfax County Planning Commission approved, unanimously, Planning Commissioner Julie Strandlie’s motions to recommend revised Plan Amendment language to the Board of Supervisors. The effort really began […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 16, 2015 10:04 AM0 comments

Increasingly, communication between constituents and their local governments depends on electronic and digital systems. E-mail, web sites, Twitter and Facebook have supplanted the “old-fashioned” methods of letter writing and telephone calls. Digital government is on duty 24 hours a day to serve residents and businesses alike. Nowhere is that more […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 9, 2015 9:34 AM1 comment

Parking and speeding on residential streets continue to vex neighbors in many parts of Mason District and Fairfax County, and my office works with many neighborhoods to address these problems via police enforcement and traffic calming programs. Most of us think of ourselves as good drivers and believe we observe […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 2, 2015 10:17 AM0 comments

The World Police and Fire Games (WPFG), also known as Fairfax 2015, are underway throughout the county and the region. Nearly 10,000 athletes, who are public safety professionals – police, firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers, border patrol – have gathered to compete for medals, and bragging rights, in more than […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 25, 2015 10:28 AM1 comment

The term “multi-modal” is used often to describe a menu of transportation options that may address congestion, air pollution, and other issues in urbanizing communities. Multi-modal options may include auto, bus, train, streetcar, bikeways, sidewalks, and trails. In Mason District, where many neighborhoods pre-date county sidewalk or trail requirements, work […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 18, 2015 10:12 AM0 comments

June is graduation season, as high school seniors leave the nurturing environment of friends and classrooms, and embark on the next phase of their lives. Annandale, J.E.B. Stuart, Falls Church, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology all conducted graduation ceremonies this week, as proud parents and friends […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 11, 2015 10:28 AM0 comments

Regular readers of this column will recall that, every June, the Board of Supervisors recognizes outstanding community members as a Lord and Lady Fairfax representing each magisterial district. I was pleased to select Martin C. Faga and Terri Fox as this year’s Lord and Lady Fairfax from Mason District. They […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 4, 2015 10:39 AM5 comments

In the almost 19 years since I accepted Nick Benton’s request to write a weekly column for the Falls Church News-Press, I’ve tried to focus on issues and events of general interest in Mason District and Fairfax County, and away from electoral politics. However, for the first, and perhaps, only […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 28, 2015 11:04 AM0 comments

Earlier this month, this column focused on school funding, and the challenges facing both the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the School Board to provide needed services in the community. Difficult budget decisions triggered some pretty hot reactions. Just before the holiday weekend, Chairman Sharon Bulova and School Superintendent […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 21, 2015 10:04 AM0 comments

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors heard public testimony about proposed amendments to the county’s noise ordinance last week, and promptly sent the proposal back to staff and the board’s Development Process Committee for more work. More than 30 people testified, many expressing concern about noise from high school sports […]

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