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

April 28, 2016 10:35 AM0 comments

While in the library parking lot in the rain during the community clean up this weekend; pushing a cart full of groceries to my car; at dinner in a restaurant with family members; and twice in the dentist’s chair as Novocain was taking effect! “Hey, Penny, can I ask you […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 21, 2016 10:31 AM0 comments

Budget, Part VI: Almost done! Tuesday’s budget mark up session was one of the shortest in my 20-year experience. The meeting followed brisk community debates about school funding, and the need to diversify the county’s tax base. About 90 percent of potential revenue sources for Virginia counties are capped or […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 14, 2016 10:06 AM0 comments

“April is the cruelest month,” wrote T.S. Eliot, and the fits and starts of springtime this year certainly reflect that sentiment. What isn’t reflected, though, is that April also is Volunteer Month in Fairfax County. Our community depends on volunteers – in our parks and libraries, delivering Meals on Wheels, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 7, 2016 10:08 AM0 comments

Last week’s METRO Summit convened about 100 regional leaders and business people to discuss the future of Metrorail. Hosted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and the Greater Washington Board of Trade (BOT), the “Metrorail at 40: Restoring a World Class System” summit was supposed to look ahead, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 31, 2016 10:52 AM0 comments

Spring finally seems to be upon us, and local calendars are reflecting an increase in community activities. As the weather warms, attention turns from boots and firewood, to spring cleaning, as well as other activities. Some opportunities in Mason District include: • Culmore Multicultural Day is this Saturday, April 2, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 24, 2016 10:18 AM0 comments

Budget, Part V: Again? Yes. The discussion about the County Executive’s proposed FY 2017 county budget continues, in preparation for the Board’s public hearings on April 5, 6, and 7, and the Board’s eventual adoption of the amended budget, scheduled for April 26. During this same time, the Board of […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 17, 2016 10:45 AM0 comments

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The “wearing o’ the green” is a popular way to celebrate the day, but few people probably know that the song and its lyrics actually date back to the Irish Rebellion of 1798, against British rule. While everyone may be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 10, 2016 10:24 AM0 comments

Budget: Part IV – Last week’s budget debate to advertise a tax rate, as required by law, was highly unusual for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. As described in last week’s column, board members voted on three separate motions for tax rates, finally agreeing to advertise the four-cent tax […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 3, 2016 10:55 AM0 comments

Budget – Part III: Last week’s joint budget meeting between the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County School Board was civil, but hardly cordial, as school board members lectured Supervisors about school needs, and Supervisors parried with all the other community needs that also are funded by […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 25, 2016 10:31 AM0 comments

Budget: Part II – Last week’s release of Fairfax County’s proposed FY 2017 budget set the stage for community discussions about county priorities, how to fund them, and by how much. County Executive Ed Long was very direct when he cautioned that the short-term outlook for funding schools and county […]

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