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 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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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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