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 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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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 19, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Resilience is one of my favorite concepts, and we sure need it now. Every day brings new revelations, new scandals, new name-calling, new emergencies, and new “never thought I’d hear that” comments. If resilience is defined as elasticity, or the ability to spring back, then one wonders how much stretchiness […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 12, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

This week marks the annual series of public hearings about Fairfax County’s proposed FY2019 budget. County residents and others interested in, or affected by, the budget proposals sign up to urge the Board of Supervisors to support, or sometimes not support, the budget recommendations. Prior to the public hearings, there […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 5, 2018 10:11 AM0 comments

Now that spring appears to be here for good, activities in Mason District are ramping up quickly. As noted in last week’s column, the groundbreaking for the new Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter, at 5914 Seminary Road, will be celebrated at 2 p.m. The shelter is expected to open for clients […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 29, 2018 10:16 AM0 comments

No doubt about it, the young speakers at Saturday’s March for Our Lives were remarkable — passionate, poised, and peacefully political. None disappointed, especially not Emma Gonzalez, the close-cropped senior from Parkland, Florida, who held the crowd, and the news media, in riveted silence for more than five minutes on […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 22, 2018 10:03 AM0 comments

Attendees at the annual Mason District budget town meeting last week got a closer look at the proposed FY19 county budget from County Executive Bryan J. Hill and Chief Financial Officer Joe Mondoro. The nearly hour-long formal presentation was followed by a lively question and answer period that covered a […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 15, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

One budget question on the minds of some constituents is “What is the future of our public libraries?” Fairfax County’s library system includes 23 “brick and mortar” locations, plus access services. Mason District is home to three libraries in the system: George Mason Regional Library in Annandale, Thomas Jefferson branch […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 8, 2018 9:53 AM0 comments

Last weekend’s winds may be a memory, but the damage lingers. Downed trees and power lines can be removed and repaired, but the inconvenience to daily routines takes a bit longer. Some schools closed unexpectedly because of power issues, and no one could anticipate that southbound I-95 would be closed […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 1, 2018 9:53 AM0 comments

The release, last week, of Fairfax County’s proposed FY 2019 budget, provided a high level view of important priorities for the county – funding the School Board’s transfer request and fully funding employee compensation at the 2.25 percent Market Rate Adjustment (MRA), only the third time in 10 years that […]

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