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

May 14, 2015 10:50 AM0 comments

A panicked call to 911 described a residential fire with potential entrapment on the upper level. Thick black smoke poured out of the widows as the brand new tiller truck from Bailey’s Crossroads Station 10 roared up and disgorged firefighters in full turn-out gear to fight the blaze. One firefighter […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 7, 2015 10:03 AM1 comment

Last week’s adoption of Fairfax County’s FY 2016 budget concluded a lengthy dialogue about priorities and revenues between the Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County School Board, and the community at large. No one was especially happy about the difficult choices that were made to balance the county’s budget in […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 30, 2015 9:16 AM0 comments

“Annandale Road is a mess. Fix it!” “Old Columbia Pike has deteriorated to the point of uselessness. Fix it!” “My driveway apron is crumbling. Fix it!” “I hit a pothole and now my car needs repair. Who’s going to pay for that?” These are samples of the pleas I receive […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 23, 2015 10:01 AM0 comments

The annual budget exercise for Fairfax County is nearly over. Tuesday’s mark-up session focused on investing in Fairfax County with a budget made very tight by a soft commercial property market and increasing demands for services. Under Chairman Bulova’s leadership, the Board approved a responsible budget package that retains the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 16, 2015 9:42 AM8 comments

During the nearly three-year community process to re-plan the Seven Corners/Willston area, there was a lot of discussion about the future of the Willston Multicultural Center, an old school site declared surplus by Fairfax County Public Schools in March 1981, and transferred to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 9, 2015 9:50 AM0 comments

Last week’s prisoner escape from INOVA Fairfax Hospital was a reminder that emergency situations can arise without notice, reinforcing that advance planning and preparation are crucial to personal and community safety. When the prisoner overwhelmed the armed private security personnel responsible for guarding him, the hospital’s emergency plans were activated. […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 2, 2015 9:38 AM0 comments

Many Mason District neighborhoods are glorious in springtime, when mature landscapes burst into bloom as a result of careful tending by homeowners. This year spring seems to be playing April Fools’ jokes on the region, teasing us with sunshine and warm breezes one day, and chilling us out on the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 26, 2015 8:53 AM0 comments

For nearly 20 years, parcels along the southern frontage of Leesburg Pike in Culmore, between Charles Street and Washington Drive, have been the subject of discussion in the community about redevelopment possibilities. The block long area was replanned in 1994 for townhouse office uses, but the plan also called for […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 19, 2015 10:02 AM0 comments

Earlier this month, the Seven Corners Special Working Group (SWG) completed its review of proposals to amend Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) language for Opportunity Area C, the “Sears” site. The Seven Corners/Willston Visioning Task Force previously spent nearly two-and-a-half years studying the area, making recommendations for changes for Opportunity Areas […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 12, 2015 10:12 AM0 comments

The impacts of the recent snowstorms had a brighter, even humorous, side, in the artistic talents of Mason District resident Walter Crain. Falls Church News-Press readers may recall a photograph, published a couple of weeks ago, of a snow sculpture of a three-quarter size Volkswagen “Beetle.” It was eerily accurate, […]

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