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 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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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 3, 2014 10:24 AM0 comments

Fairfax County’s budget deliberations continued on Tuesday, when the Board of Supervisors met with the county’s Human Services Council (HSC) to discuss recommendations in the FY 2015 proposed budget. Highlighting the many challenges facing the at-risk population of Fairfax County, Kevin Bell, longtime HSC chairman, noted that, since 2007-2008, public […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 27, 2014 9:27 AM0 comments

As deliberations about Fairfax County’s FY15 proposed budget continue, the failure of the Virginia General Assembly to adopt a state budget becomes more critical for local programs. Revenue from the Commonwealth accounts for only 2.6 percent of the county’s annual budget, but the amount, more than $95 million, equates to […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 20, 2014 9:59 AM1 comment

Often lost in the cacophony of demands for funding from the county budget are the Ten Principles of Sound Financial Management, which first were adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on October 22, 1975. (Longtime residents may recall that Alan Magazine was the Mason District Supervisor at that […]

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