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

September 7, 2017 9:53 AM0 comments

The final week of “traditional” summer last week focused on youth. Fairfax County students started back to school before Labor Day, truncating some family vacations, and moving up those last-minute school supply purchases that previously happened during the long holiday weekend. School is back in session, those big yellow school […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 31, 2017 9:57 AM0 comments

In discussions about First Amendment rights, Second Amendment rights and the history of the Civil War, one important right – the right of women to vote – and the battles to secure that right, has been overlooked. The fight for woman’s suffrage predated the Civil War by more than a […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 24, 2017 10:38 AM0 comments

School days! School days! In case you missed hearing, Fairfax County has a special election for School Board next Tuesday, August 29. The election is for an At-Large School Board seat, so registered voters in the county may vote at their regular polling place on Tuesday, from 6 a.m. until […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 17, 2017 10:10 AM0 comments

 The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States ensures freedom of religion, speech, and the press, but it goes on to include the “right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” In the iconic college community of Charlottesville last […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 10, 2017 10:00 AM0 comments

2017 is a year of anniversaries. Fairfax County is celebrating the 275th anniversary of its founding; Fairfax Water will celebrate its 60th anniversary on September 27; the Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) will celebrate its 50th anniversary on October 3; and Lincolnia’s Mount Pleasant Baptist Church celebrated its 150th […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 3, 2017 10:02 AM0 comments

As the daily “you won’t believe this!” chaos continues at the White House level, families around the nation are beginning to concentrate on getting kids ready to go back to school later this month. So here is something you can believe. The 2017 Collect for Kids campaign kicked off this […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 27, 2017 10:18 AM0 comments

County officials from across the country gathered in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend for the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) annual conference. In addition to apprehension about how the new Administration will address county issues, the opioid crisis and mental health were topics of conversation and debate. Scheduled sessions for those […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 20, 2017 10:00 AM0 comments

Economic growth, a mysterious “new normal,” and emerging disruptive forces can combine for stimulating, and sometimes depressing, dialogue for leaders who are tasked with making decisions for their businesses, governments, and communities. Urbanization is moving quickly all across the globe. By 2025, 46 of the top 200 cities will be […]

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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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