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 27, 2015 10:45 AM0 comments

Summer appears to be winding down, as last minute beach trips are squeezed into the schedule, at the same time that backpacks and school clothes dominate shopping lists. Last week’s Stuart High School Resource Fair was a tremendous success, welcoming more than 4,000 students and their families to a broad […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 20, 2015 10:28 AM0 comments

The Commonwealth’s $553 million budget surplus announced by Governor McAuliffe last month was good news for localities – to a point. At least, what local governments sarcastically called “local aid to the state,” the requirement for several years that local governments either must trim their budgets by the precise amount […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 13, 2015 10:34 AM0 comments

Ninety degree weather may not seem ideal for a discussion about weatherization and energy efficiency, but humidity and high temperatures did not cool the excitement of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the neighbors on Holyoke Drive, who gathered to celebrate Dominion Virginia Power’s EnergyShare weatherization program expansion. Homeowners Elmore and […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 6, 2015 9:59 AM0 comments

The long-debated Seven Corners Comprehensive Plan Amendment was adopted by the Board of Supervisors last week, by a vote of 8 to 1. More than three hours of testimony, both for and against the proposal, was heard by the board, and there was another hour of debate among board members, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 3, 2015 12:10 PM0 comments

Enforcement of the Large Area Community Parking District for Mason District will begin on August 1. Vehicles not in compliance will be issued a ticket with a $75 fine, and the vehicle also may be towed at the owner’s expense. The Mason Community Parking District, or CPD, was approved by […]

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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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