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

April 13, 2017 10:28 AM0 comments

Fairfax County has long been recognized as a welcoming and inclusive jurisdiction, a place where our growing and diverse population contributes to the fabric and culture of our community in many ways, seen and unseen. At its regular meeting on April 4, the Board of Supervisors reaffirmed that commitment unanimously, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 6, 2017 10:55 AM0 comments

Every seat was taken last Thursday, as a special Mason District Town Hall kicked off for a robust discussion about gangs and gang activity in our community. Speakers from the county’s gang unit began by defining just what a gang is – three or more individuals who gather for a […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 30, 2017 10:34 AM0 comments

Campaigning is fun; governance is hard. That’s the lesson learned, again, by the Trump Administration and the Speaker of the House last week, when the proposed bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act was pulled from consideration in the House of Representatives. If legislation is akin to sausage-making […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 23, 2017 10:30 AM0 comments

Budgets, whether local, state, or federal, generally reflect the values and priorities of the constituencies they serve. Budgets rarely are easy, and must be carefully drawn to meet the shared needs and demands of those same constituencies. That’s why the federal budget proposed last week by the Trump Administration has […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 16, 2017 10:02 AM0 comments

Longtime Fairfax County Park Authority board member Frank Vajda recently announced his retirement after representing Mason District on the FCPA board for 16 years. Frank achieved many accomplishments through the years, including advocating the development of the Friends of Hidden Oaks Nature Center in 2003, when the center’s future was […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 9, 2017 9:55 AM0 comments

The tragic, horrible news came early Friday morning. An ongoing police search found two bodies buried in the rough terrain of Holmes Run Stream Valley Park. The discovery was in the same general area where, in 2014, two other bodies were found after tips from local gang members were given […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 2, 2017 10:02 AM0 comments

“Raise my taxes. Lower my taxes. Spend more on schools. Schools spend too much. Cut wasteful programs. Privatize everything. People on fixed incomes can’t afford to live here. Have police issue more tickets and the revenue problem will be fixed.” Such comments are part and parcel of the annual budget […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 23, 2017 10:27 AM0 comments

The comprehensive effect of County Executive Ed Long’s proposed FY18 budget plan on county services hasn’t sunk in yet, but a closer look at recommended reductions gives some sense of the breadth of services provided by the largest county government in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The small stuff – reducing […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 16, 2017 10:30 AM0 comments

Budget season has begun! Fairfax County Executive Edward L. Long, Jr. released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018 on Valentine’s Day. While there were few surprises, there also wasn’t much “love” in this proposed budget. Real property values remain relatively flat, with residential equalization increasing only .68 percent, with […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 9, 2017 10:01 AM0 comments

Despite the tweets emanating almost hourly from the White House, and the battle for supremacy in the Congress, the everyday work to provide for community needs gets done at the local level, mostly with locally generated revenue. Fairfax County residents may observe the presidential and congressional shenanigans more closely than, […]

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