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

October 15, 2015 11:15 AM0 comments

Free public education has been a core value in this nation for more than a century. The success of hundreds-of-millions-of students over time is attributable to access to free public education, open to all. Whether native-born or immigrant, rich or poor, male or female, the opportunity, and requirement, to attend […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 8, 2015 10:13 AM0 comments

Payday and car title lending stores may soon be regulated by Fairfax County. Back in 2013, in response to requests from Supervisors Jeff McKay (D-Lee), Gerry Hyland (D-Mt. Vernon), and myself, the Board of Supervisors directed county staff to examine existing regulatory and land use authorities to regulate these pernicious […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

October 1, 2015 10:00 AM0 comments

One of the frequent questions asked is about road paving and potholes. Readers of this column will recall that roadways in Fairfax County are maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), a state agency, but complaints about road conditions are not unfounded. Almost any neighborhood street shows a need […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 24, 2015 10:45 AM0 comments

When the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, by a vote of 8 to 1, approved my motion to adopt the Seven Corners Comprehensive Plan Amendment this summer, a series of follow-on motions regarding transportation improvements in Seven Corners also was adopted. At the July 28 meeting, the Board requested development […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 17, 2015 10:55 AM0 comments

Stormwater management was the focus of the Chesapeake Bay Commission at its quarterly meeting, held last week in Alexandria. The Commission is a tri-state legislative assembly (Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania) created in 1980. Its members are senators and delegates from the three states, plus the governors and three citizen members. The […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 10, 2015 9:44 AM0 comments

School is back in session, heralding the end to a summer which probably seemed too short to some, and too long to others. Some bell schedules have changed, so the familiar start and end times at your local school may create different traffic patterns as you head to work or […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 3, 2015 10:23 AM0 comments

Why was Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe smashing walnuts in his stately Richmond conference room this week? The answer is simple, yet intriguing. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the governor’s action came after he signed a proclamation and announced that the Governor’s Mansion would be bathed in gold light, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 27, 2015 10:45 AM0 comments

Summer appears to be winding down, as last minute beach trips are squeezed into the schedule, at the same time that backpacks and school clothes dominate shopping lists. Last week’s Stuart High School Resource Fair was a tremendous success, welcoming more than 4,000 students and their families to a broad […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 20, 2015 10:28 AM0 comments

The Commonwealth’s $553 million budget surplus announced by Governor McAuliffe last month was good news for localities – to a point. At least, what local governments sarcastically called “local aid to the state,” the requirement for several years that local governments either must trim their budgets by the precise amount […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

August 13, 2015 10:34 AM0 comments

Ninety degree weather may not seem ideal for a discussion about weatherization and energy efficiency, but humidity and high temperatures did not cool the excitement of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the neighbors on Holyoke Drive, who gathered to celebrate Dominion Virginia Power’s EnergyShare weatherization program expansion. Homeowners Elmore and […]

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