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Mason District was at the forefront when the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations presented its annual awards at a dinner in Tysons Corner Sunday night. Longtime Mason District resident William Lecos received a Special Gratitude Award for his leadership roles in numerous economic development initiatives, including the Tysons Land Use Task Force, where he served as the Mason District appointee. Bill’s understanding of the business dynamics of the region blends nicely with the fact that he grew up in Mason District and is raising his family in his boyhood home.

Mason District was at the forefront when the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations presented its annual awards at a dinner in Tysons Corner Sunday night. Longtime Mason District resident William Lecos received a Special Gratitude Award for his leadership roles in numerous economic development initiatives, including the Tysons Land Use Task Force, where he served as the Mason District appointee. Bill’s understanding of the business dynamics of the region blends nicely with the fact that he grew up in Mason District and is raising his family in his boyhood home.

Selected as 2010 Citizen of the Year was Mason District resident Mollie Morison-Loeffler. Mollie spearheaded the reestablishment of the Parklawn Civic Association in 2007, working with neighbors to create a Web site and activities to engage residents. Parklawn was one of the first Mason District civic associations to win grants from the Fairfax County Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program, and the new Parklawn sign can be seen at the landscaped entry at Braddock Road and Columbia Pike. Last year, Mollie became the energetic president of the dormant Mason District Council of Civic Associations. Mollie joins a number of Mason District residents who have been named Citizen of the Year: Emily and Fred Ruffing in 1967; J. Sidney Holland in 1974; Hon. Carrington Williams in 1981; and Mary Anne Lecos in 2002. Mollie received the silver Fairfax Federation Cup that she will keep for a year, until the 2011 awardee is announced. Congratulations, Mollie!

A Special Gratitude Award also was presented to Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin. Tony is responsible for overseeing all operations of Fairfax County government and, during his 12 years at the helm, Fairfax County was named the “#1 best managed county in the country.” Tony’s leadership at the regional level to improve intergovernmental coordination, especially in disaster preparation, is outstanding. Tony was nominated for the award by members of the Board of Supervisors.

Dr. Charles Dane received a Citation of Merit for his many years of community service with the Federation, the school system, the Commission on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation, and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Charlie is president of the Annandale NARFE Chapter 1159, which holds its monthly meetings at the Mason District Governmental Center, so I am happy to claim this Braddock District resident as an honorary Mason District constituent!

Last Saturday, residents of the Lee Boulevard Heights and Federal Hill neighborhoods joined forces to clean up areas of Route 50 east of Seven Corners. Accumulated trash was bagged up for removal and, on the north side of the highway, a lot of tree debris was stacked for county pick-up. The past two winters have not been kind to the evergreen buffer there, and the efforts of community volunteers is greatly appreciated. Thanks to Cathy Austin and Mark Hulshart for coordinating this successful event to improve our community.

This Saturday, the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program, in collaboration with my office, will host a document shredding event at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale, from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. Residents are limited to shredding a maximum of five medium-sized packing boxes of paper per household. This service is intended for shredding documents of a personal or sensitive nature, such as tax, medical, or financial records on paper only (no film or computer discs). Shredding is a free service for Fairfax County residents.


Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be e-mailed at mason@fairfaxcounty.gov

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