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

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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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 26, 2013 2:49 PM1 comment

Happy Holidays! The word “holiday” derives from the Middle English holidai, and the Old English halig daeg, both meaning holy day. Since Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, and New Year’s Day now observes the Solemnity of Mary in the Catholic Church, both holy days, it is very appropriate to […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 19, 2013 11:45 AM1 comment

Last week’s ice storm was not kind to many evergreen trees and shrubs in Mason District. It’s a little surprising how much damage a quarter inch of ice can do, but many evergreens are reaching the end of their normal life span, and fragile branches that snap off under the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 12, 2013 10:01 AM0 comments

Ready for winter? The ice storm earlier this week may have made for some great photographs, but caught a lot of residents unprepared for the impact. Coincidentally, last week was Winter Preparedness Week in Virginia, but with temperatures in the 60s, it was hard to imagine that winter would come […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 5, 2013 10:23 AM0 comments

The annual budget discussions between the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County School Board began in earnest last week, just before the Thanksgiving holiday. Comparing the meeting to a holiday dinner, there were lots of hungry programs at the table, not much sweetness (as in potatoes or […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 28, 2013 3:54 PM0 comments

Happy Thanksgiving! Amid the hustle and bustle of daily life, it is worthwhile to reflect on all that we appreciate on this holiday. The list is long, but here are a few for consideration: • Thanksgiving this year coincides with the first night of the Jewish celebration of Hannukah, or […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 21, 2013 12:04 PM2 comments

When the Board of Supervisors considered language last spring for advertising a Residential Studio Unit (RSU) amendment, there was very pointed discussion about whether to include RSUs in lower density residential districts. The draft ordinance language would provide for small, efficiency-style, rental apartments, predominantly for low-income persons, and the use […]

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