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 18, 2015 10:12 AM0 comments

June is graduation season, as high school seniors leave the nurturing environment of friends and classrooms, and embark on the next phase of their lives. Annandale, J.E.B. Stuart, Falls Church, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology all conducted graduation ceremonies this week, as proud parents and friends […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 11, 2015 10:28 AM0 comments

Regular readers of this column will recall that, every June, the Board of Supervisors recognizes outstanding community members as a Lord and Lady Fairfax representing each magisterial district. I was pleased to select Martin C. Faga and Terri Fox as this year’s Lord and Lady Fairfax from Mason District. They […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 4, 2015 10:39 AM5 comments

In the almost 19 years since I accepted Nick Benton’s request to write a weekly column for the Falls Church News-Press, I’ve tried to focus on issues and events of general interest in Mason District and Fairfax County, and away from electoral politics. However, for the first, and perhaps, only […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 28, 2015 11:04 AM0 comments

Earlier this month, this column focused on school funding, and the challenges facing both the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the School Board to provide needed services in the community. Difficult budget decisions triggered some pretty hot reactions. Just before the holiday weekend, Chairman Sharon Bulova and School Superintendent […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 21, 2015 10:04 AM0 comments

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors heard public testimony about proposed amendments to the county’s noise ordinance last week, and promptly sent the proposal back to staff and the board’s Development Process Committee for more work. More than 30 people testified, many expressing concern about noise from high school sports […]

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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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