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

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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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 5, 2015 9:48 AM1 comment

Power point presentations often can be long and wordy, but they also can outline and explain difficult issues with more clarity than the usual narrative does. Plenty of power point graphs were on display at the joint Fairfax County Board of Supervisors/School Board meeting about the proposed FY 16 budget […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 26, 2015 10:28 AM0 comments

Fairfax County Executive Ed Long presented his proposed FY2016 budget last week, kicking off the lengthy annual exercise that reviews and revises priorities and services for all Fairfax County residents and businesses. In his presentation to the Board on a day when, ironically, county offices were closed due to a […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 19, 2015 10:37 AM0 comments

T. S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruelest month…,” but February might place second for that designation, especially this February. Although not as snowy as February of 2010, which we remember as “snowmageddon,” the sustained Arctic blasts of the past several days reminds us that Mother Nature still is […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 5, 2015 10:50 AM0 comments

The word “diverse” is used often to describe the character and demographics of Mason District and Fairfax County today, but a look back at the history of this area reflects the fact that this area has long been “diverse.” We have more languages, faiths, and ethnicities represented today, but the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 28, 2015 7:50 PM0 comments

Mason District is blessed with two county-designated revitalization areas – Annandale and Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners. As with many older commercial areas in our region, demographic shifts, new business trends, and changing customer demands mean that the business community, including corporate offices elsewhere, constantly is seeking ways to improve and stabilize […]

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