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

December 18, 2014 12:41 PM0 comments

There was lots of excitement in Mason District last week, as Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx joined Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Lane, Fairfax County Board Chairman Sharon Bulova, and more than a dozen state delegates, senators, and […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 11, 2014 10:36 AM0 comments

An article about sea level rise in Sunday’s Washington Post came just a bit late for discussion at the quarterly meeting of the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) to the Chesapeake Executive Council in Easton, Maryland last week, but the issue wasn’t far from anyone’s mind. LGAC’s members are appointed […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 4, 2014 10:20 AM0 comments

In a continuing effort to raise awareness of pedestrian safety, units from the Mason Station were out in force on Little River Turnpike and Leesburg Pike during the evening rush hour last month. Locations for the operations were based on pedestrian enforcement crash data: pedestrians were struck and killed within […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 27, 2014 7:24 AM1 comment

The Virginia Association of Counties celebrated its 80th anniversary earlier this month in Bath County, Virginia. Nearly 1000 local government officials from 92 of Virginia’s 95 counties participated in the annual conference, meeting as committees and attending many workshops, where topics ranged from Protecting Your County’s Revenue and Responding to […]

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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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