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

June 16, 2016 10:13 AM0 comments

The second leadership forum for Metrorail at 40: Restoring a World Class System featured panelists from Atlanta, Chicago, Miami-Dade, New York City, and Toronto, who outlined the challenges and expectations for their own transit systems. The first forum, in early April, outlined the maintenance issues facing Metro, and heralded the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 9, 2016 10:51 AM0 comments

A meals tax is one of the few additional revenue sources available to localities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Code of Virginia, 58.1-3833, defines a meals tax as a “tax on food and beverages sold, for human consumption, by a restaurant…not to exceed four percent of the amount charged […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 2, 2016 10:05 AM0 comments

Fairfax County’s land use process relies on two documents, the Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning Ordinance, as the basis for determining all land uses in the county. The Plan is a guide for decision-making, and anticipates change over a 20-year period. The Ordinance contains specific regulations to implement the Plan. […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 26, 2016 10:18 AM0 comments

Recent weather notwithstanding, Memorial Day weekend signals the start of summer in our community. Mason District Park’s free summer concert series, Spotlight by Starlight, begins on Wednesday, June 1, with an American Roots concert by Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys. The concerts at the park, 6621 Columbia Pike in Annandale, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 19, 2016 10:44 AM0 comments

The Metro system is a major asset to the economic success of the National Capital Region, but it needs help, lots of it, now. That was the message of Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) meeting last week. There are only seven major […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 12, 2016 10:06 AM0 comments

For more than 30 years, members of the Board of Supervisors have selected outstanding residents for designation as Lord and Lady Fairfax, part of the annual Celebrate Fairfax! event in June. More than 60 Mason District residents have been designated as Lord and Lady Fairfax since the original selections by […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 5, 2016 2:04 PM0 comments

Our region’s often fast-paced lifestyle is a signature component of the “personality” of NOVA, the dynamic economic engine of the Commonwealth of Virginia. But Virginia is a big state – demographically, socially, and geographically. What about the “rest of Virginia,” what some pundits call ROVA? Truth be told, there’s a […]

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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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