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

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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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 4, 2017 10:28 AM0 comments

For decades, the Washington area was characterized as a “company town,” full of bureaucrats working for, and running, the federal government. Suburbs, like Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax County, were simply bedroom communities, where government workers scurried home to their families, usually by car, at the end of the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 27, 2017 9:54 AM0 comments

While Congress debates whether to pass a budget plan that will prevent a federal government shutdown tomorrow, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors marked up the proposed FY 2018 county budget on Tuesday, by a vote of 8 to 2. Supervisors Kathy Smith and Dan Storck voted no. The final […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 24, 2017 2:20 PM0 comments

This month’s observance and celebration of both the Jewish Passover and the Christian Easter was forever marred in Mason District and Fairfax County by derogatory, anti-Semitic and anti-Christian language and symbols spray-painted on signs and exterior surfaces of both the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) and the Little […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 13, 2017 10:28 AM0 comments

Fairfax County has long been recognized as a welcoming and inclusive jurisdiction, a place where our growing and diverse population contributes to the fabric and culture of our community in many ways, seen and unseen. At its regular meeting on April 4, the Board of Supervisors reaffirmed that commitment unanimously, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 6, 2017 10:55 AM0 comments

Every seat was taken last Thursday, as a special Mason District Town Hall kicked off for a robust discussion about gangs and gang activity in our community. Speakers from the county’s gang unit began by defining just what a gang is – three or more individuals who gather for a […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 30, 2017 10:34 AM0 comments

Campaigning is fun; governance is hard. That’s the lesson learned, again, by the Trump Administration and the Speaker of the House last week, when the proposed bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act was pulled from consideration in the House of Representatives. If legislation is akin to sausage-making […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 23, 2017 10:30 AM0 comments

Budgets, whether local, state, or federal, generally reflect the values and priorities of the constituencies they serve. Budgets rarely are easy, and must be carefully drawn to meet the shared needs and demands of those same constituencies. That’s why the federal budget proposed last week by the Trump Administration has […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 16, 2017 10:02 AM0 comments

Longtime Fairfax County Park Authority board member Frank Vajda recently announced his retirement after representing Mason District on the FCPA board for 16 years. Frank achieved many accomplishments through the years, including advocating the development of the Friends of Hidden Oaks Nature Center in 2003, when the center’s future was […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 9, 2017 9:55 AM0 comments

The tragic, horrible news came early Friday morning. An ongoing police search found two bodies buried in the rough terrain of Holmes Run Stream Valley Park. The discovery was in the same general area where, in 2014, two other bodies were found after tips from local gang members were given […]

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