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

November 15, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

The annual Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) meeting always follows the November elections, and election results often were the subject of discussion among Supervisors from across the Commonwealth. Most bond referenda questions, including Fairfax County’s public safety bond, passed overwhelmingly, but a $13.1 million bond for a community recreation center […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 8, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

There are few court actions that generate happy tears, but when a judge signs the final adoption papers, tears will flow every time, sometimes from the judge, too. The courtroom came to the Fairfax County Government Center last Saturday, as the celebration of November as Adoption Awareness Month was highlighted […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 1, 2018 9:58 AM0 comments

Hate is a four letter word. So is love. Both can be powerful forces in human emotions. Tragically, it was hate that propelled Robert Bowers to massacre 11 worshippers as they prayed in their Pittsburgh synagogue on a quiet Sabbath morning last week. And it appeared to be hate that […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 25, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Early voting at satellite locations began on Oct. 13, and record numbers of voters are turning out for the first federal election since the Trump administration took office in early 2017. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, and voters are reminded to vote at their local polling places on Election […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 18, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

When you walk into a store or office building, or any multistory commercial or residential building, do you ever think about the fire suppression systems that protect those structures? Probably not, since complying with building codes and fire regulations simply is assumed in Fairfax County. Behind the façades, however, are […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 11, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Hate has reared its ugly head again in our community. Nineteen swastikas were spray painted on the windows and brick walls of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) last weekend. The deed was done on the Jewish Sabbath, which made the attack even more poignant. Security cameras captured […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 4, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Spectacles like last week’s hearing about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, fortunately, are rare, but the demeanor of both the nominee and some Senate Judiciary Committee members seemed to reflect a network reality show. Does juvenile behavior beget juvenile behavior? Privilege, rather than […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 27, 2018 10:06 AM0 comments

The Mason District Police Station is well-known for its leadership opportunities for officers, whether rookie or veteran. Current Police Chief Ed Roessler was an assistant commander at Mason in the late 1990s, Deputy Chiefs Tom Ryan and Ted Arnn held several command postings at Mason, and former Deputy Chief Steve […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 20, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Despite the calendar, beginnings can occur at any time, as indicated by several Mason District events during the past week. On Saturday, The St. James Sports and Wellness Complex opened in the Shirley Industrial Park, located on Industrial Road, not far from the I-395/495/95 interchange, but inside the Beltway. The […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 13, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

By the time you read this, Hurricane Florence may be in full fury, or may have missed our region entirely. Nonetheless, preparations for emergencies are never out of season, and most are fairly simple. Fueling up your vehicle in advance of the storm is advisable. Gas pumps and credit cards […]

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