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

October 24, 2013 12:05 PM0 comments

The painful shenanigans that played out on Capitol Hill during the past several weeks should not be excused as the messiness of the democratic process.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 17, 2013 11:00 AM0 comments

Fairfax County registered voters may vote in-person absentee at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale, from now until 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 2. Satellite voting locations are open from 3:30 – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays. There […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 10, 2013 9:34 AM0 comments

When the Washington Post real estate section featured the Bailey’s Crossroads area in a recent Saturday edition, the reporter commented to me that one common theme across the region’s neighborhoods is parking. Whether suburban Maryland, downtown D.C., or “inside the Beltway” Virginia, nearly all neighborhoods speak about some sort of […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 3, 2013 9:24 AM0 comments

The shutdown of the federal government this week sheds more light on the gridlock gripping both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 26, 2013 9:10 AM0 comments

The Seven Corners Land Use and Transportation Task Force completed its Design Charette in late June, with encouraging results. Teams of Task Force members examined four “opportunity sites” in the Seven Corners area, and suggested potential land uses and design elements.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 19, 2013 9:29 AM0 comments

Last week, on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors, received a briefing about emergency preparedness in the Capital Region. Are we well-prepared, Board members wanted to know. The answer from Emergency Preparedness Chairman Paul Quander, who also is Deputy […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 12, 2013 11:19 AM0 comments

A quick weekend trip to my husband’s high school class reunion in Palo Alto gave me an opportunity to compare a few issues that have some commonality with Mason District and Fairfax County. Stormwater, tree canopy, and education were foremost but, as we drove through neighborhoods, I yearned for our […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 5, 2013 9:36 AM0 comments

Most times, public libraries are fairly benign institutions, treasured by their patrons, lauded as neighborhood amenities, readily accepted as symbols of a progressive and open community. In Fairfax County, a child’s first real identification, other than parents, is a library card, and the responsibility that goes with it. For newcomers […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 29, 2013 10:29 AM0 comments

Where did the summer go? It seems like we just got started with pool parties, more relaxed schedules, free summer concerts, and good things from the garden – and now it’s almost over! Schools in Fairfax County begin again on Tuesday, so please be careful as you drive through our […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 22, 2013 9:44 AM0 comments

The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) is the voice of local governments in the Commonwealth, providing an opportunity for local elected officials to discuss common, and sometimes not-so-common, issues at the federal, state, and local level. VACo’s summer meeting was held in Richmond last weekend, and featured educational sessions about […]

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