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

July 14, 2016 10:05 AM0 comments

“What can I do to help our police department?” The question was earnest, posed by a thoughtful constituent as we stood in line at the grocery store last weekend. The horrors of the sniper attack on Dallas police officers, where five officers died and several more were injured, put not […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 7, 2016 10:32 AM0 comments

The Fairfax County History Commission presented its annual report to the Board of Supervisors on June 21. The History Commission is a board-appointed group of citizen volunteers, whose task is to promote public interest in the history of Fairfax County. And what a rich history it is! Much of the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 30, 2016 10:51 AM0 comments

Discovery of the Zika virus in North America has prompted a lot of discussion, and sometimes fear, as more information about the disease, how it is spread, and potentially serious health consequences as a result of contracting Zika, becomes available. What’s the likelihood of Zika in my neighborhood? How can […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 23, 2016 10:53 AM0 comments

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County School Board met in retreat last week, an exercise that is scheduled to acquaint new and returning members of both boards, and discuss common initiatives and goals. The retreat, open to the public, was held at the new Fred W. […]

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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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