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 4, 2016 10:30 AM0 comments

The aftermath of Winter Storm Jonas elicited many concerns, some expected and some unexpected. Snow, and where to put it, of course, was the subject of most discussions. Plow drivers have few options when it comes to dealing with 24 to 30 inches of snow. The Virginia Department of Transportation […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 28, 2016 10:27 AM0 comments

The snow hanging off the roof defies gravity. How long can it teeter on the edge without crashing to the deck below? 40 hours so far… This historic blizzard reminded me of the January 1966 storm that also shut down the region. As young college graduates in our first Capitol […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 21, 2016 10:41 AM0 comments

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors began its “LOBs” review on Tuesday, the first of many day-long budget meetings that will examine what the county does, and how well it is done. LOBs stands for Lines of Business, and the LOBs exercise is the first step in a multi-year process […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 14, 2016 10:09 AM0 comments

In 2008, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors endorsed a ten-year plan to end homelessness in the county. The Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH) was created to reach goals set forth in the plan, and a governing board was appointed to expand the reach into the non-profit community […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 7, 2016 10:38 AM0 comments

The New Year also signals the beginning of a new term for the Board of Supervisors, which includes, for the first time in nearly seven years, new members. Kathy Smith (D-Sully) and Dan Storck (D-Mt. Vernon) were elected in November to succeed retiring members Mike Frey and Gerry Hyland who, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 31, 2015 10:21 AM0 comments

Happy New Year! Two thousand and sixteen will be an interesting year, with presidential politics and economic recovery providing a lot of momentum for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe was in Fairfax last week to participate in signing a joint agreement between the INOVA Center for Personalized Health and George Mason University […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 24, 2015 11:39 AM0 comments

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Weather forecasters tell us this won’t be a White Christmas, but the fairy tale images of Santa Claus, Father Christmas. Pere Noel, Kris Kringle, or Saint Nikolaus almost always include snow in the picture. Those children’s fables also focus on good or bad behavior as […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 17, 2015 9:48 AM0 comments

The generosity of Mason District and Northern Virginia residents is remarkable, as evidenced by the results of the third blanket and coat drive for Syrian refugees, organized and sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. The first blanket drive, in 2013, gathered about 30,000 pounds of blankets, which were shipped […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 10, 2015 9:46 AM0 comments

Fairfax County’s 13th Urban County Board of Supervisors will be inaugurated next Tuesday, December 15. The swearing-in ceremony certainly is less grand than a presidential inauguration – held in the Government Center Forum, not on the steps of the Capitol – and there is no parade. Similar to the presidential […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 3, 2015 9:29 AM0 comments

Fairfax County’s budget “season” is nearly year-round now, a change from the traditional mid-February to end of April sessions. While those dates still will focus on the County Executive’s presentation of a proposed fiscal year budget and recommendations, the lead-in to the budget begins many months prior, and the Board […]

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