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

January 25, 2018 9:52 AM0 comments

Committees of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors generally are committees of the whole, meaning that all 10 board members also serve on each committee. Most committees meet at least quarterly, but the Board’s Legislative Committee is different. Since the Virginia General Assembly sessions are short — 45 or 60 […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 18, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Each year, I host a civic leadership series for presidents and board members of civic and homeowners’ associations in Mason District. The Saturday morning meetings are designed to bring together residents and county agency staff, to discuss issues of interest and importance to neighborhoods, and seek solutions where the county […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 11, 2018 10:01 AM0 comments

Not quite three years ago, the Board of Supervisors approved recommendations to update the county’s Comprehensive Plan for the Seven Corners/Willston area. Specific language was added for building an elementary school, if the school system deems one necessary. Potential residential density was reduced by 20 percent for the Seven Corners […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 4, 2018 10:04 AM0 comments

Happy New Year! The frigid temperatures that welcomed 2018 remind us that Mother Nature still is in charge. According to a constituent, though, there are sometimes quick fixes to things like frozen pipes. She used her electric hair dryer to thaw a pipe leading into her house, and did not […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 28, 2017 10:00 AM0 comments

I’ve knocked on thousands of doors in Mason District during campaigns, and am amazed, and disappointed, when people tell me their vote “doesn’t really matter.” Voting always matters, and the November election results in Virginia are textbook examples of why that’s true. At least three delegate races were decided by […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 21, 2017 10:08 AM0 comments

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.” What Santa would put into the stockings always was the question. A lump of coal? Or something nicer, like a candy cane? When A Visit from Saint Nicholas was written, furnace coal was a primary source of heat, not unlike the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 14, 2017 3:00 PM0 comments

Excitement reigned at Belvedere Elementary School on Monday as Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe visited the school to announce some new teacher initiatives in his proposed biennial budget, which will be released next Monday. Licensing, recruitment and retention, and tuition expense for obtaining advanced degrees while on the job are barriers […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 7, 2017 10:22 AM0 comments

When you stand for election, you stand for the democratic process. When you stand with your right hand in the air to take the oath of office, you commit to upholding the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to follow the law, and to […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 30, 2017 9:58 AM0 comments

Following a national search, Fairfax County has a new County Executive. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Board of Supervisors announced the selection of Bryan J. Hill as the next County Executive. He succeeds Edward L. Long, Jr., who retired in September after 40 years of county service, including more […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 23, 2017 9:43 AM0 comments

Happy Thanksgiving! I am hopeful, on this traditional day for giving thanks, that everyone can put aside their differences, and recognize the many blessings we enjoy in this nation. Whether young, old or in-between, rich or poor, native-born or immigrant, regardless of belief or gender, we are so fortunate to […]

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