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

January 12, 2017 10:42 AM0 comments

In 2014, Fairfax County entered into an agreement with the Virginia Commissioner of Highways, which allowed county staff and the Community Labor Force to remove signs from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) rights-of-way, and invoice the owners of the signs at $100 per sign removed. Since the beginning of the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 5, 2017 9:57 AM0 comments

It’s been almost 60 days since the world was stunned by the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Yet, just two weeks before Inauguration Day, Trump and his allies still are in campaign mode, continuing to attack Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and their supporters, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 29, 2016 10:40 AM0 comments

Happy New Year! Amidst the hustle and bustle of the presidential election results and subsequent holidays, there’s some good news that might have been missed. I call them “Cheers for the New Year.” • Got the dot? It’s easy to participate in the Yellow Dot program that the Fairfax County […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 22, 2016 10:35 AM0 comments

In our diverse community, holidays are celebrated in many ways, sometimes via classic and familiar stories heard since childhood; other times the holiday observances and practices are not so familiar, but nonetheless, all are meant to be shared with family and friends. Sunday is Christmas, an important date for the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 15, 2016 10:22 AM0 comments

Each year, my staff and I host a Mason District Holiday Town Gathering, an event we created in 1996, to usher in the holiday season. At Monday night’s gathering, The Bonnie Piano Quartet (Bonnie Schuen on keyboard, Jon Min Goodland on violin, Darlene Murphy on viola, and Daren Shumate on […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 8, 2016 10:04 AM0 comments

Watching the machinations of transition at the federal level sometimes can make one forget that providing services the public needs and demands predominantly is the responsibility of local government, not the federal government. Revenue that pays for local services comes from local sources – real estate taxes, personal property taxes, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 1, 2016 10:30 AM0 comments

I recall being hunched over a textbook as I struggled to catch the inflections of the speaker’s voice coming through my earphones in French lab. The language lab was isolating: many students listening to many languages, each at their own pace, and in complete silence. So it was especially jarring […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 24, 2016 8:32 AM0 comments

Thanksgiving is a hopeful time for families and friends to share meals and memories. When a family member is missing because of illness or death, a hopeful occasion can be transformed into sadness. Such is the case, especially, for people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancers, ranked […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 17, 2016 10:54 AM0 comments

The presidential election results shocked and stunned just about everyone, regardless of which candidate one supported. Once again, the curious American structure of popular vote vs. Electoral College vote created more angst as, for the second time in 16 years, the Democratic nominee won the popular vote, while the Republican […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 10, 2016 10:22 AM0 comments

Neither presidential campaign spent much time discussing the environment, but in this region, the air and water are cleaner, because local efforts reduced vehicle emissions and greenhouse gases, and most wastewater treatment plants operate at the limits of technology. This region also values the Chesapeake Bay, one of the world’s […]

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