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

February 22, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Fairfax County’s annual budget exercise began in earnest on Tuesday, as new County Executive Bryan J. Hill unveiled his proposed FY2019 budget. This is Mr. Hill’s first budget presentation, and his budget message noted that he was extremely impressed by the work of his predecessor and the county’s Department of […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 15, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

The annual National Conference of Regions (NCR) met in Washington, D.C., this week, bringing together regional leaders from around the country, who focused on economic growth, infrastructure, and resilience – common issues for most regional bodies, large or small. It was merely a coincidence that the Trump Administration released its […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 8, 2018 10:37 AM0 comments

The caller to my office wondered why trucks were pre-treating roadways with brine, when the weather forecast called for only a little snow and freezing rain. Seemed like a waste of resources, he said. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for maintaining roadways in Fairfax County, so the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 1, 2018 9:58 AM0 comments

Installing sidewalks seems like a fairly simple task. Some tools, some cement, and some time ought to fix things up, right? Actually, no. By the time it’s under construction, years may have passed in the engineering and design of the walkway, obtaining the land rights to construct, getting bids to […]

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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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