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

May 24, 2018 10:15 AM0 comments

Each year, it is my honor and delight to select two Mason District residents for recognition as “Lord and Lady Fairfax” as part of the annual Celebrate Fairfax events. Each member of the Board of Supervisors similarly selects constituents, usually on the basis of volunteer work that benefits the community. […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 17, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

The rain started just as the eight-foot photo cube was unveiled at the top of Seven Corners on Saturday, but the unanticipated weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the artists, the sponsors, or the community members who gathered to celebrate “InOut Imagine Art Here.” Imagining art at Seven Corners has […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 10, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Yellow pollen and oak tree “catkins” are abundant this season, stirring up allergies, and clogging streets and driveways with western-looking “tumbleweeds.” Messy, but a nod to the rejuvenations of spring. A stroll or drive down nearly any Mason District street reveals colorful azaleas, rhododendrons, masses of tulips, and the reappearance […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 3, 2018 10:02 AM0 comments

Multi-modal is today’s phrase used to describe the menu of options available for transportation — roadways, mass transit, light rail, sidewalks, bike lanes, trails — all public improvements that answer the needs of the community to get from one place to another, whether on foot, or some sort of vehicular […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 26, 2018 9:59 AM0 comments

Since County Executive Bryan J. Hill presented his proposed FY 2019 budget on February 20, the Board of Supervisors and constituencies from across the county have been reviewing and evaluating the recommendations, including Mr. Hill’s proposed 2.5 cent increase in the tax rate. After nine weeks of deliberations — in […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 19, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Resilience is one of my favorite concepts, and we sure need it now. Every day brings new revelations, new scandals, new name-calling, new emergencies, and new “never thought I’d hear that” comments. If resilience is defined as elasticity, or the ability to spring back, then one wonders how much stretchiness […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 12, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

This week marks the annual series of public hearings about Fairfax County’s proposed FY2019 budget. County residents and others interested in, or affected by, the budget proposals sign up to urge the Board of Supervisors to support, or sometimes not support, the budget recommendations. Prior to the public hearings, there […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 5, 2018 10:11 AM0 comments

Now that spring appears to be here for good, activities in Mason District are ramping up quickly. As noted in last week’s column, the groundbreaking for the new Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter, at 5914 Seminary Road, will be celebrated at 2 p.m. The shelter is expected to open for clients […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 29, 2018 10:16 AM0 comments

No doubt about it, the young speakers at Saturday’s March for Our Lives were remarkable — passionate, poised, and peacefully political. None disappointed, especially not Emma Gonzalez, the close-cropped senior from Parkland, Florida, who held the crowd, and the news media, in riveted silence for more than five minutes on […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 22, 2018 10:03 AM0 comments

Attendees at the annual Mason District budget town meeting last week got a closer look at the proposed FY19 county budget from County Executive Bryan J. Hill and Chief Financial Officer Joe Mondoro. The nearly hour-long formal presentation was followed by a lively question and answer period that covered a […]

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