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

August 17, 2017 10:10 AM0 comments

 The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States ensures freedom of religion, speech, and the press, but it goes on to include the “right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” In the iconic college community of Charlottesville last […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 10, 2017 10:00 AM0 comments

2017 is a year of anniversaries. Fairfax County is celebrating the 275th anniversary of its founding; Fairfax Water will celebrate its 60th anniversary on September 27; the Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) will celebrate its 50th anniversary on October 3; and Lincolnia’s Mount Pleasant Baptist Church celebrated its 150th […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 3, 2017 10:02 AM0 comments

As the daily “you won’t believe this!” chaos continues at the White House level, families around the nation are beginning to concentrate on getting kids ready to go back to school later this month. So here is something you can believe. The 2017 Collect for Kids campaign kicked off this […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 27, 2017 10:18 AM0 comments

County officials from across the country gathered in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend for the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) annual conference. In addition to apprehension about how the new Administration will address county issues, the opioid crisis and mental health were topics of conversation and debate. Scheduled sessions for those […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 20, 2017 10:00 AM0 comments

Economic growth, a mysterious “new normal,” and emerging disruptive forces can combine for stimulating, and sometimes depressing, dialogue for leaders who are tasked with making decisions for their businesses, governments, and communities. Urbanization is moving quickly all across the globe. By 2025, 46 of the top 200 cities will be […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 13, 2017 10:00 AM0 comments

Housing costs too much in the Washington metropolitan region. That’s a fact, not an alternative fact. According to a June 2017 report by the Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington, “individuals and families all along the income spectrum can face obstacles finding affordable and appropriate housing in the Greater Washington […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 6, 2017 10:01 AM0 comments

In the Walt Disney film, “Bambi,” Thumper the rabbit had a simple philosophy: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.” On the other hand, Washington socialite Alice Roosevelt Longworth, famously had a pillow emblazoned, “If you can’t say something good about someone, sit right here by […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 29, 2017 10:06 AM0 comments

Aging in place is a goal for many older residents who wish to stay in the community where they’ve worked, worshipped, raised their children, maintained their home, and their friendships. For healthy individuals, aging in place means continuing to practice that treasured independence, relying little, or not at all, on […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 22, 2017 9:55 AM0 comments

In 2004, with the guidance and encouragement of then-Chairman Gerry Connolly, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted its first ever “Environmental Excellence” 20-year Vision Plan. The plan was organized into six areas, including growth and land use, air quality and transportation, water quality, solid waste, parks/trails/open space, and environmental […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 15, 2017 9:43 AM0 comments

Virginia’s celebration of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week last Saturday at Mason Neck State Park was held under gorgeous blue skies. Attendees took boat rides, met Oyster Shucking Champion Deborah Pratt (she told me that, in competition, she could shuck 24 oysters in two minutes), toured educational displays about Bay restoration, […]

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