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

December 15, 2016 10:22 AM0 comments

Each year, my staff and I host a Mason District Holiday Town Gathering, an event we created in 1996, to usher in the holiday season. At Monday night’s gathering, The Bonnie Piano Quartet (Bonnie Schuen on keyboard, Jon Min Goodland on violin, Darlene Murphy on viola, and Daren Shumate on […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 8, 2016 10:04 AM0 comments

Watching the machinations of transition at the federal level sometimes can make one forget that providing services the public needs and demands predominantly is the responsibility of local government, not the federal government. Revenue that pays for local services comes from local sources – real estate taxes, personal property taxes, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 1, 2016 10:30 AM0 comments

I recall being hunched over a textbook as I struggled to catch the inflections of the speaker’s voice coming through my earphones in French lab. The language lab was isolating: many students listening to many languages, each at their own pace, and in complete silence. So it was especially jarring […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 24, 2016 8:32 AM0 comments

Thanksgiving is a hopeful time for families and friends to share meals and memories. When a family member is missing because of illness or death, a hopeful occasion can be transformed into sadness. Such is the case, especially, for people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancers, ranked […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 17, 2016 10:54 AM0 comments

The presidential election results shocked and stunned just about everyone, regardless of which candidate one supported. Once again, the curious American structure of popular vote vs. Electoral College vote created more angst as, for the second time in 16 years, the Democratic nominee won the popular vote, while the Republican […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 10, 2016 10:22 AM0 comments

Neither presidential campaign spent much time discussing the environment, but in this region, the air and water are cleaner, because local efforts reduced vehicle emissions and greenhouse gases, and most wastewater treatment plants operate at the limits of technology. This region also values the Chesapeake Bay, one of the world’s […]

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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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