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

October 19, 2017 10:00 AM0 comments

Many local governments in the region are working to address Short Term Rentals (STRs) that have become popular in the new “sharing economy.” Short term lodging essentially means renting space in one’s home, whether a bedroom or the entire house, for sleeping or lodging purposes, for a period of fewer […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 12, 2017 3:20 PM0 comments

Although resilience is one of my favorite words, and the basis for today’s Mason District Resilience Summit and Expo at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale (Senior Safety Seminar from 2 – 4 p.m., Expo from 4 – 6 p.m., and General Session from 7 – […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 5, 2017 10:00 AM0 comments

An important local government responsibility is building and maintaining infrastructure — those public facilities, which are necessary for the safe, timely, and environmentally sound functioning of our community. Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) recently released a report about FY 2017 capital projects completed across the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 28, 2017 9:53 AM0 comments

The budget carryover package adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors earlier this month included a $500,000 reserve for gang prevention activities. Prevention, intervention, interdiction and suppression of gangs is paramount in our fight to curtail gang activity, and previous programs using those parameters have met with good success. […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 21, 2017 10:13 AM0 comments

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” That was the advice given by Police Captain David Smith last week when the county’s new Silver Shield program was launched at the Lincolnia Senior Center. Financial scams prey on all parts of the community, but older citizens are […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 14, 2017 9:54 AM0 comments

The recent catastrophic storms in Texas and Florida were covered by news media to an extent rarely seen, and brought human suffering and property damage up close, even though we are thousands of miles away from the disaster scenes. Nonetheless, most residents know that similar storms, inevitably, could have the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 7, 2017 9:53 AM0 comments

The final week of “traditional” summer last week focused on youth. Fairfax County students started back to school before Labor Day, truncating some family vacations, and moving up those last-minute school supply purchases that previously happened during the long holiday weekend. School is back in session, those big yellow school […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 31, 2017 9:57 AM0 comments

In discussions about First Amendment rights, Second Amendment rights and the history of the Civil War, one important right – the right of women to vote – and the battles to secure that right, has been overlooked. The fight for woman’s suffrage predated the Civil War by more than a […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 24, 2017 10:38 AM0 comments

School days! School days! In case you missed hearing, Fairfax County has a special election for School Board next Tuesday, August 29. The election is for an At-Large School Board seat, so registered voters in the county may vote at their regular polling place on Tuesday, from 6 a.m. until […]

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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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