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

August 28, 2014 1:53 PM0 comments

Low humidity and pleasant temperatures in late August? Opening the windows at night? Needing a sweater in the evening? As we revel in the unexpected glorious weather this week, one might question the concern about climate change, but this is exactly the time to continue planning and implementing local and […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 21, 2014 12:24 PM0 comments

“The economy of the past is over. Virginia must discard the entitlement approach and move to entrepreneurship. We must broaden the mix of economic opportunities, bring money back to Virginia, and turbocharge our economy.” That was the sobering, but positive, message delivered by Governor Terry McAuliffe to board members of […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 14, 2014 8:53 AM0 comments

August rarely brings to mind wintertime, but I had a little feeling of déjà vu last week when I toured the almost-complete Bailey’s Fire Station 10 on Columbia Pike. Readers may recall the 2010 “snowmageddon” that resulted in a catastrophic roof failure in the original 1974 structure, damaging some fire […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 7, 2014 9:47 AM0 comments

This Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the resignation of Richard M. Nixon, the only president in this nation’s history ever to have resigned from that office. His dramatic exit from the White House, but not from the national or international political stage, followed a long and torturous investigation that […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 31, 2014 10:03 AM1 comment

Water quality has long been one of the measures of a community’s health. As work continues on methods to restore the Chesapeake Bay and the local streams feeding into the estuary, water quality remains paramount. Upgrades of wastewater treatment plants are primary reasons for point source improvements in the past […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 24, 2014 10:43 AM3 comments

Every year, I enjoy participating in the J.E.B. Stuart High School graduation ceremonies. From my vantage point on the stage, I can witness, up close, the pride, joy, and camaraderie between the school administration, faculty, and graduating seniors. Last month’s ceremony was delightful once again, with many scholastic honors and […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 17, 2014 8:26 AM1 comment

Unaccompanied children crossing the southern border into the United States is an issue for local jurisdictions across the nation – north, south, east, and west. That fact was very clear at the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) annual conference earlier this week. Rarely does an issue get debated by the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 10, 2014 5:43 AM0 comments

Last week’s column generated some interesting feedback, some positive, some very negative. Regular readers will recall that I discussed a request for information I made of the County Executive about steps, and resources, that may be needed to handle an unexpected influx of unaccompanied children, like those crossing the southern […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 3, 2014 8:58 AM0 comments

Happy 4th of July! I hope all the parades, picnics, and fireworks will be terrific! There are so many places in the world today where the “rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air” actually are military armaments, not carefully planned colorful displays we enjoy at the Mall or local […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 26, 2014 9:33 AM0 comments

It seems that everywhere you turn these days, construction projects are underway. Fortunately, for motorists and pedestrians alike, several of them are close to completion. The temporary above-ground pipes along Sleepy Hollow Road will be removed soon, as the emergency sanitary sewer repair project winds down. That project has been […]

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