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

February 14, 2013 10:34 AM0 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day! While many celebrate this day with heartfelt romantic events, it’s also a good time to focus on heart health. A physical checkup, regular blood pressure monitoring, and a healthy lifestyle can have positive effects on the heart, regardless of how sedentary you’ve been in the past. A […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 7, 2013 9:50 AM0 comments

We Buy Gold! We Buy Cars! Tax Help! Going Out of Business! Lose weight! Vote for (insert name of candidate here)! Temporary signs, which advertise businesses, community events, or political candidates, seem to be epidemic along some of our roadways. In an odd quirk, signage has been deemed by local […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 31, 2013 9:56 AM0 comments

News photos of a 3 a.m. blaze on Manor Road show a hillside home completely engulfed in bright orange flames. Firefighters from the nearby station arrived in record time, but the horrific blaze took two lives, Laura Snyder-Gardner, a professor at Gallaudet University, and her teen-aged daughter, Mary Ann. The […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 24, 2013 10:26 AM0 comments

Monday’s inauguration of President Barack Obama for a second term was historic for many reasons – a man of color took the oath of office for a second time; the vice presidential oath was administered by Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, a gay poet read a narrative poem for […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 17, 2013 9:17 AM0 comments

A dinner-time telephone caller wanted to know, first, if I was a registered voter, and then if I supported President Obama, was worried about the fiscal cliff, opposed choice, or favored the Tea Party. The tagline identified the call from something nebulous with 2012 in the title. The respite from […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 10, 2013 11:14 AM0 comments

The New Year is already a week old, as the busyness of the holidays is replaced by the business of returning to our normal routines, interspersed with the occasional sports event, watching the winter weather reports (so far, so good), and finishing off the last of the holiday goodies. If you are looking for some special, and free, community activities, here are a few suggestions.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 3, 2013 10:00 AM0 comments

Happy New Year! A new calendar is much like a blank canvas – a surface just waiting for the strokes that highlight our lives – depth, color, and perhaps, perspective. Birthdays, anniversaries, pay days, school vacations, and medical appointments might get first listing on the family calendar; business meetings and […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 27, 2012 9:29 AM0 comments

Where did 2012 go? The year has flown by too quickly, but a glance backward reveals a lot of activity in Mason District during the past 12 months. The Seven Corners Transit Center opened in late January, making transit easier for passengers, bus drivers, and the shopping public, with reinforced […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 20, 2012 9:34 AM0 comments

Just when families should be celebrating the holiday season, Newtown, Connecticut families are plunged into grief and despair after 20 of their young children were gunned down in a rage of violence that is difficult to understand.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 13, 2012 10:15 AM0 comments

When the fire station has a fire, it’s appropriate for everyone to review fire safety, especially during the holidays when Christmas trees, fireplaces, and candles become part of many homes’ décor. For Station 28, near Seven Corners, the fire last weekend was quite small, caused by a malfunctioning pump on […]

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