Intolerance. Injustice. Ignorance. Indifference. A speaker at Sunday’s Yom Ha’Shoah Holocaust Commemoration described the role these “i” words played in the global response to the systematic murders of six million Jews in dozens of European concentration camps by Adolph Hitler and his Nazi conspirators. The Jewish Community Center of Northern […]
Author: Penny Gross
For the second consecutive year, the budget includes full funding of the Fairfax County Public Schools’ operating request — $2.3 billion or 52.8 percent of the budget.
Creating walkable, bikeable, and accessible neighborhoods fosters smart growth, reducing the need to get into a car for every small trip or errand. Connecting residents and neighborhoods to shopping, schools, recreation, transit, and other amenities strengthens the social fabric of our communities. Best of all, it is ageless. Youngsters and […]
All day, volunteers will make repairs to selected homes of needy residents as part of the Rebuilding Together program. Volunteers teams from local businesses and faith communities band together to paint, repair, do yard work, build access ramps, and much more to make daily life a little easier for the residents.
Some call climate change “the moral imperative” of our time. Others consider climate change as overblown rhetoric. Wherever one stands on the issue, we know that overall temperatures on the planet are increasing, storms are more frequent and intense — heavier rains, hurricanes and tornadoes in areas not previously prone […]
When he wrote “April is the cruelest month” in The Waste Land, I doubt that T. S. Eliot was thinking about Fairfax County’s annual budget approval process. Public hearings about the proposed budget begin next week, on Tuesday, April 9, at 4 p.m., and on Wednesday and Thursday, April 10 […]
It looks like spring finally may be arriving, and more thoughts turn to the environment. At the Board of Supervisors meeting last week, I was pleased to announce the return to two popular programs: Solarize Fairfax County, and LED Lightbulb Exchanges. The Solarize campaign begins on April 16 and ends […]
It happened again. An attack on a faith community — this time two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, half a world away from Mason District. Horrific massacre. Dozens of innocent lives snuffed out in minutes by one man with a rifle — and lots of hate. The perpetrator reputed to […]
At the conclusion of last week’s Mason District budget town meeting, I asked attendees to share what decisions they would make if they were the decision-makers. Their anonymous suggestions were written on brightly colored “stickies” and posted on the meeting room wall for all to review. Decision-making is tough, and […]
March came in like a lion, adding fuel to arguments about climate change and its effects locally, nationally, and globally. At the National Association of Counties (NACo) annual legislative conference last weekend, local officials discussed the challenges of climate change. Interest in the subject was high, necessitating adding room at […]