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 13, 2017 10:00 AM0 comments

Housing costs too much in the Washington metropolitan region. That’s a fact, not an alternative fact. According to a June 2017 report by the Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington, “individuals and families all along the income spectrum can face obstacles finding affordable and appropriate housing in the Greater Washington […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 6, 2017 10:01 AM0 comments

In the Walt Disney film, “Bambi,” Thumper the rabbit had a simple philosophy: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.” On the other hand, Washington socialite Alice Roosevelt Longworth, famously had a pillow emblazoned, “If you can’t say something good about someone, sit right here by […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 29, 2017 10:06 AM0 comments

Aging in place is a goal for many older residents who wish to stay in the community where they’ve worked, worshipped, raised their children, maintained their home, and their friendships. For healthy individuals, aging in place means continuing to practice that treasured independence, relying little, or not at all, on […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 22, 2017 9:55 AM0 comments

In 2004, with the guidance and encouragement of then-Chairman Gerry Connolly, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted its first ever “Environmental Excellence” 20-year Vision Plan. The plan was organized into six areas, including growth and land use, air quality and transportation, water quality, solid waste, parks/trails/open space, and environmental […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 15, 2017 9:43 AM0 comments

Virginia’s celebration of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week last Saturday at Mason Neck State Park was held under gorgeous blue skies. Attendees took boat rides, met Oyster Shucking Champion Deborah Pratt (she told me that, in competition, she could shuck 24 oysters in two minutes), toured educational displays about Bay restoration, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 8, 2017 9:46 AM0 comments

Tuesday, June 13, is Primary Election Day for all of Virginia, as candidates from both major parties vie for nomination for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Your local polling place will be open from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Under Virginia law, you must present a valid photo ID […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 1, 2017 10:10 AM0 comments

It’s June already, and time for Fairfax County’s annual salute to the Lords and Ladies Fairfax, volunteers selected by each member of the Board of Supervisors for their positive efforts to serve our large and diverse community. The Lords and Ladies moniker reflects the beginnings of the county, named for […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 25, 2017 10:21 AM0 comments

Bailey’s Crossroads has experienced many positive changes during the past quarter century, and continues to serve a diverse and dynamic population. The old Alward’s garage, perhaps the closest thing to a Superfund cleanup site, was removed and redeveloped in 1997, followed closely by the removal of the Alward’s garbage site […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 18, 2017 9:59 AM0 comments

Renewable energy is heating up (pun intended) in Fairfax County. Since the Solarize Fairfax County program began in early April, more than 750 households have signed up for free solar assessments, and to learn more about pricing and finance options with private contractors. Four contracts already have been signed, a […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 11, 2017 9:59 AM0 comments

Maintenance of public infrastructure – roads, bridges, dams, ports, etc. – is challenging for government at all levels. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) releases a periodic report that scores each state, and the scores are disappointing. The 2017 Report gives the nation, as a whole, a grade of […]

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