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

June 28, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Every day it seems that the national rhetoric can’t get any worse, and then it does. The president’s attack on due-process rights, rights guaranteed to everyone in this nation by the Constitution, is but the latest volley in his campaign against so much of what America stands for. Like it […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 21, 2018 9:48 AM0 comments

The news last week was encouraging. The annual State of the Bay report card, issued by the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Foundation, gives the Bay restoration effort a C, the same as last year. If I brought home a C when I was in school, my mother would not have seen […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 14, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Happy Flag Day! The Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the fledgling nation on June 14, 1777. Some communities observed Flag Day in the late 1800s, but it wasn’t until President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress in 1949 that Flag Day […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

June 7, 2018 10:23 AM0 comments

With the past weeks’ heavy rains, it’s hard to believe that summertime activities are just around the corner. Everything’s a bit soggy, but a few days of sunshine should return our parks and playgrounds into usable condition. The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of summer programs, including free […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 31, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Short-term rentals, or short-term lodging, known familiarly and commercially as Airbnb, VRBO and other online platforms, are the subject of a proposed Short-Term Lodging Ordinance being considered by the Fairfax County Planning Commission. Short-term lodging (STL) is not a new phenomenon, but one that has expanded broadly as part of […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 24, 2018 10:15 AM0 comments

Each year, it is my honor and delight to select two Mason District residents for recognition as “Lord and Lady Fairfax” as part of the annual Celebrate Fairfax events. Each member of the Board of Supervisors similarly selects constituents, usually on the basis of volunteer work that benefits the community. […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 17, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

The rain started just as the eight-foot photo cube was unveiled at the top of Seven Corners on Saturday, but the unanticipated weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the artists, the sponsors, or the community members who gathered to celebrate “InOut Imagine Art Here.” Imagining art at Seven Corners has […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 10, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Yellow pollen and oak tree “catkins” are abundant this season, stirring up allergies, and clogging streets and driveways with western-looking “tumbleweeds.” Messy, but a nod to the rejuvenations of spring. A stroll or drive down nearly any Mason District street reveals colorful azaleas, rhododendrons, masses of tulips, and the reappearance […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 3, 2018 10:02 AM0 comments

Multi-modal is today’s phrase used to describe the menu of options available for transportation — roadways, mass transit, light rail, sidewalks, bike lanes, trails — all public improvements that answer the needs of the community to get from one place to another, whether on foot, or some sort of vehicular […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 26, 2018 9:59 AM0 comments

Since County Executive Bryan J. Hill presented his proposed FY 2019 budget on February 20, the Board of Supervisors and constituencies from across the county have been reviewing and evaluating the recommendations, including Mr. Hill’s proposed 2.5 cent increase in the tax rate. After nine weeks of deliberations — in […]

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