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

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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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 15, 2013 10:17 AM0 comments

Many neighborhoods in Mason District have utilized the Residential Traffic Administration Program (RTAP) to resolve local parking and traffic issues. A Residential Permit Parking District (RPPD) restricts parking by non-residents in certain blocks, usually near high schools, transit stations, and apartment complexes. Traffic Calming and Cut-through Restrictions, as well as […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 8, 2013 12:55 PM0 comments

Last week, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a Project Agreement between Fairfax and Arlington counties for the next phases of the Columbia Pike Streetcar. The Project Agreement is the next step in a long journey to bring new transit and revitalization to the Columbia Pike corridor, one of […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 1, 2013 10:45 AM1 comment

The well-loved and well-used Woodrow Wilson Library at 6101 Knollwood Drive in the Culmore area of Bailey’s Crossroads will close on Saturday, August 31, for a long-anticipated renovation and expansion. The book drop will close on September 3, but materials borrowed from “Woodrow” may be returned to any Fairfax County […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 25, 2013 9:58 AM0 comments

Every July, the National Association of Counties (NACo) holds its annual conference at a host member county. Nearly 1,500 county officials attended this year’s conference in Tarrant County, Texas, better known for Fort Worth, “Where the West Begins.” Though the temperature was in the 90s, I was pleasantly surprised by […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 18, 2013 10:53 AM1 comment

More than 70 advocates for older adults gathered last week at Ravensworth Baptist Church as part of the 50+ Action Plan Community Forum series authorized by the Board of Supervisors and staffed by the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging. The purpose of the multiple forums across the county this summer […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 11, 2013 9:53 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. Several community observers also attended the charette, which was […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 3, 2013 10:17 AM1 comment

During this year’s Virginia General Assembly session, much of the media attention focused on the transportation bill, which provides mechanisms to generate new funds to address roadway and transit needs throughout the Commonwealth. What may have been missed, however, was a series of other changes regarding Title 18.2 and title […]

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