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 6, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Positioned as we are in the white hot center of global politics, it’s easy to focus on national and international headlines, and forget about the local government services that we rely on every day. Separating the responsibilities of local, state, and federal governments can be confusing to some residents, so […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 30, 2018 10:01 AM0 comments

Reunions can be fraught with anxiety, or with great expectation. Childhood friendships may continue for decades, or end the moment the graduate steps across the stage, marking the end of one segment of life, and the beginning of a new one. A recent trip to my husband’s high school class […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 23, 2018 10:15 AM0 comments

Dozens of county supervisors gathered in Fredericksburg last week for the 2018 County Officials’ Summit, hosted by the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo). With the November election approaching, VACo invited incumbent Senator Tim Kaine and his opponent, Prince William County Board Chairman Corey Stewart, to speak to the group. Their […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 16, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

It’s August, traditionally the dog days (an astronomical reference to the rising of Sirius, the dog star, during the hottest time of the year) when usual routines shut down and folks grab a respite in the last long days of summer before school and work resume in earnest. Even the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 9, 2018 10:27 AM0 comments

Was that a very large mosquito, or perhaps a very small drone? The exceedingly wet summer weather produced a bumper crop of mosquitoes in Fairfax County neighborhoods, resulting in dive bomb attacks every time one steps outside. The Fairfax County Health Department reminds residents that mosquitoes can’t fly very far, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 2, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Regional efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are succeeding. That was the message to the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) from staff at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) at the Commission’s meeting last week. Despite a 19 percent growth in the region’s population, GHG emissions remained level […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 26, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

“Fairfax Leaders Need to Stand Against Sexual Harassment.” That was the headline in an op-ed piece last week in this newspaper. Take a stand? Yes, it’s easy to take a stand, just as it is easy to scatter charges and misinformation (the Board of Supervisors has no role in appointments […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 19, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

There are more than 3,000 counties in the United States, and representatives of many of those jurisdictions gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, this month for the annual National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference and Exposition. The NACo Conference especially was well-attended this year, perhaps a tribute to its location in […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 12, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

This week’s Board of Supervisors meeting was one of the longer ones in recent memory. The Board agenda was replete with the usual items – approval of grant applications for human services programs, local transportation program changes, and several land use cases, as examples. What made the meeting long, and […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 5, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Parking in residential neighborhoods seems to be a modern-day problem, with some residents concocting interesting schemes, either to maintain a parking space, or to discourage others from parking. Unless otherwise regulated, vehicles may park legally on most public roadways in Fairfax County. Public roadways, including the right-of-way in front of […]

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