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

November 3, 2016 10:24 AM0 comments

Tuesday is Election Day, although thousands of people in Fairfax County, and millions across America, already have voted in those states that allow early voting. Despite the preference polls, TV ads, and modern technology, the votes still must be counted individually, district by district, state by state, providing great anxiety […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 27, 2016 10:16 AM0 comments

In 1950, Virginia was a rural state with a rural tax base. Today, Virginia is an urban state, still fed by a rural tax base. Real estate taxes formed the basis of local government revenues then, and local governments, counties especially, rely overwhelmingly on the property tax to fund needed […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 21, 2016 2:06 PM0 comments

No matter what happens during the national political discourse these days, it is at the local level that the people’s work gets done. Three cases in point here in Mason District address parking and truck traffic in the Bailey’s Crossroads area. At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, two Residential Permit […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 13, 2016 10:01 AM0 comments

How much more depressing can presidential politics in America get? The rough-and-tumble nature of political campaigns hit a new low, first with rude, crude, and lewd comments on a video tape, followed by threats by the same candidate to put his opponent in jail. No wonder the Republican Party leaders […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 6, 2016 1:42 PM0 comments

Governance at the local level is so far down on the list of discussion items during the presidential debates that little or no thought is given to it by the moderators or the candidates. Yet governance at all levels – federal, state, and local – depends on each of the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 29, 2016 10:09 AM0 comments

In-person absentee voting started last Friday in Virginia, and satellite polling locations across Fairfax County, including the Mason District Governmental Center, will be open for in-person absentee voting each Saturday through November 5, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Weekday voting hours, from 2 – 8 p.m., at the satellite […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 22, 2016 10:06 AM0 comments

The Bailey’s Community Shelter will remain in Bailey’s Crossroads. It will not move to a temporary location on the grounds of the Lincolnia Senior Center. On September 14, Fairfax County acquired property on Seminary Road, not far from the existing facility, that will be the site of a new permanent […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 15, 2016 10:07 AM0 comments

One of the few rainstorms this month didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the Grand Opening of the newly renovated and expanded Home Depot at Seven Corners last week. The store needed more space for its design center – appliances, lighting, kitchen and bath fixtures – and moved into the former […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 8, 2016 10:59 AM0 comments

If September marks new beginnings for students and families at all educational levels, it also marks new beginnings for some of our public safety personnel. Last week, the Fairfax County Police Department announced that Captain Christian Quinn, currently the commander of the Mason Police Station, has been promoted to Major, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 1, 2016 10:22 AM0 comments

This weekend marks the traditional end of summer, even though meteorological summer still has three weeks to go. September heralds many new beginnings, as students in Fairfax County embark on a new school year. For the kindergartner or first-grader, taking the big yellow bus to school may be the first […]

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