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 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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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 13, 2014 12:29 PM0 comments

Fairfax County’s FY2015 proposed budget brings additional scrutiny to some well-known county departments, including public safety, which is a core mission for local governments. Fairfax County’s crime rate is among the lowest in the nation for jurisdictions of our size. The average time for police response to a Top Priority […]

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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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