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

June 19, 2014 10:46 AM0 comments

This is high school graduation week in Fairfax County, as thousands of students complete their secondary education and embark on the next phases of their lives. Congratulations to all our graduates, and to their parents, too! One outstanding Mason District resident, Fahim-Faraaz Syed, was honored last week with a Celebrate […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 10, 2014 9:17 AM0 comments

The Seven Corners Land Use and Transportation Task Force continues to gather information and refine recommendations for possible Comprehensive Plan amendments to be considered later this year. As noted in this column many times, the Task Force was created in 2012 after a series of well-attended public workshops that, essentially, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 29, 2014 11:36 AM0 comments

The Memorial Day weekend couldn’t have been any nicer – flags flying, perfect weather, pool openings, and solemn remembrances of why we observe Memorial Day – to honor the service and sacrifices of our service personnel in all conflicts. The observance at “the cannon” in Annandale, sponsored by American Legion […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 22, 2014 1:01 PM0 comments

Each spring, members of the Board of Supervisors select outstanding residents for recognition of their service to the community. Community Champions were honored at an April 25 breakfast sponsored by Volunteer Fairfax. On June 3, the Board will honor the “Lords and Ladies Fairfax,” as part of the annual Celebrate […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 15, 2014 9:49 AM0 comments

Like clean air and clean water, shelter is a basic human need. Yet, some of the most vocal arguments in any community focus on housing – size and style, location, price, and who should live there. Fortunately, most people in our region are able to find appropriate housing that fits […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 8, 2014 8:34 AM0 comments

“Sweet April showers do spring May flowers,” according to Thomas Tusser, a 16th century English poet and farmer. Last week’s intense rainstorms wouldn’t be termed “sweet,” but the azaleas and dogwoods now abloom are welcome May sights as we leave a seemingly interminable winter behind. Many of Mason District’s neighborhoods […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 1, 2014 10:43 AM0 comments

Falls at home are a leading cause of injury, and sometimes death, for older residents in our community. It is so easy to trip on a loose rug, or stumble on a step, or lose balance while moving something heavy. Preventing such calamities is the focus of “Preventing the 9-1-1 […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 24, 2014 12:33 PM0 comments

The last Saturday in April often is the busiest of the year, since it coincides with Volunteer Fairfax activities and the county’s celebration of Earth Day/Arbor Day. This Saturday is no different, as civic groups and individuals gather to improve our community. For many, the day will begin early, with […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 17, 2014 9:43 AM0 comments

Fairfax County is blessed to be a very safe community, one of the safest of our size in the nation. Our low crime rates are envied by other jurisdictions, but two issues – traffic and parking – raise concerns in some neighborhoods. When motorists insist on travelling too fast for […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 10, 2014 11:07 AM0 comments

Budget season progresses in Fairfax County, with three sessions of public hearings this week before the Board of Supervisors. More than 200 people and organizations have signed up for three-minute speaking slots. Actually, not all of the speakers make speeches. In one memorable hearing, young musicians performed, reinforcing their desire […]

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