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

March 6, 2014 10:09 AM2 comments

In a normal year, release of the proposed Fairfax County budget signals an end to winter and transition into spring. That doesn’t seem to be the case this year, as winter retains its icy grip on the region well into March. Preliminary budget discussions aren’t much warmer, as the county […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 27, 2014 12:36 PM0 comments

The English poet John Donne (1572-1631) famously wrote “No man is an island…any man’s death diminishes me….” I’ve been thinking about that since getting the sad news, just before Christmas, that a beloved mentor, Bethine Church, had passed away. Few in Falls Church probably ever heard of Bethine, but she […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 20, 2014 9:39 AM1 comment

Mason District is blessed with two – Annandale and Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners – of Fairfax County’s seven designated revitalization districts. All seven were the subject of discussion last week when the Board of Supervisors’ Revitalization Committee met to review the proposed FY 2015 Revitalization Work Plan. Collaboration worked well in […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 13, 2014 12:14 PM0 comments

Every year, elected officials from Virginia’s local governments trek to Richmond for what is known as VACo/VML Legislative Day, an opportunity to buttonhole Senators and Delegates about how issues under consideration at the General Assembly affect localities. More than 400 supervisors, city and town council members, and administrators gathered last […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 6, 2014 11:34 AM0 comments

The hint of springtime last weekend didn’t last, of course, and the gloomy days of winter quickly re-established themselves. It is February, after all, and winter weather, coupled with long hours of darkness, raises questions about safety on many fronts. News accounts remind us to bundle up, wear gloves or […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 30, 2014 10:47 AM1 comment

The burgeoning student population in Fairfax County affects not only class sizes and the teacher’s ability to teach, but also the infrastructure – the bricks and mortar – of the individual buildings in our school system. In the case of Bailey’s Elementary School, in the Culmore area, the school enrollment […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 23, 2014 12:24 PM0 comments

Congressman Jim Moran’s (D-8-VA) stunning announcement that he will not seek re-election this fall was a complete surprise to most, if not all, of his constituents. Jim’s quarter-century of service on Capitol Hill spans four Republican and Democratic administrations, from George H.W. Bush to Barack Obama. His departure from Congress […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 16, 2014 12:00 PM1 comment

The English poet John Donne (1572-1631) famously wrote “No man is an island…any man’s death diminishes me….” I’ve been thinking about that since getting the sad news, just before Christmas, that a beloved mentor, Bethine Church, had passed away. Few in Falls Church probably ever heard of Bethine, but she […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 9, 2014 10:11 AM0 comments

County Executive Ed Long’s proposed FY 15 budget is still in development, and won’t be released for nearly two months, but demands for funding already are starting. The Fairfax County School Board has an $800 million renovation and repair list in addition to their request for an eight percent increase […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 2, 2014 11:34 AM0 comments

Happy New Year! As 2013 passes into history, 2014 presents a bright new canvas ready for the brush strokes that will define the hopes and dreams for the coming year. A few things are fairly standard for any change of the calendar. New Year’s resolutions will be made and, despite […]

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