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Penelope A. "Penny" Gross
Mason District Supervisor
Mason District Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: 703-256-7717, TTY 711
Welcome to the Mason District homepage! It is designed for easy use, and I hope you will find the information both helpful and timely. Special features include Mason Matters!, my twice-a-year newsletter, information about reserving the public meeting rooms at the Mason District Governmental Center, and other meetings and activities throughout Mason District. Links to county agencies also are included. Please refer to the Web site often, and don't hesitate to contact me.
Penelope A. "Penny" Gross
Mason District Supervisor
The Board Corner: Perspectives from Penny – Mason District is the most diverse, dynamic, and densely populated magisterial district in Fairfax County. That's how I always have characterized the area I represent, and a recent Local Economic Area Report from the Realtors Property Resource, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of Realtors, bears this out. Mason District's population is about 116,000, with a population density overall of 5353 people per square mile. That's about twice the average of the whole county, but not unexpected for an urbanizing inside-the-Beltway district.
Mason District has a stable population – a 2.75 percent increase from 2010 to 2015, compared to a county change of 3.16 percent, and a statewide change of 4.24 percent for the same period. Average household size is 2.78 people, just a bit higher than Virginia's average of 2.54. Female/male ratio is almost exactly even: 49.8 percent of Mason District residents are female; 50.2 percent are male; 51.6 percent of residents are married; 34.9 percent have never been married; and 8.6 percent are divorced, lower than the 10.3 percent statewide average.
Average household income is $110,117, lower than the countywide average of $136,757, but much higher than the statewide average of $86,296. The average price of a home in Mason District is $453,930, nearly double the statewide average. Education clearly is a winner in Mason District. 26 percent of residents have at least a Bachelor's degree, and 21.5 percent have a graduate or professional degree, both higher than the state average.
All in all, Mason District is a great place to live, work, play, learn, worship, and age gracefully, and we have the statistics to prove it!
Annandale and Bailey's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Departments (VFD) Host First Craft Fair – Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the first Craft Fair hosted by the Annandale and Bailey's Crossroads VFD in the Social Hall of the Annandale VFD, 7128 Columbia Pike. The Craft Fair will feature beautifully crafted designs from talented local artisans, crafters, and small business owners. Find the perfect Mother's Day gift, treat yourself to a gift, or find one for a friend. Proceeds will assist the Annandale and Bailey's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Departments with ongoing apparatus and station costs. Vendors who wish to reserve a booth may contact Brenda Waller at 703-402-5006, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.avfd.org, or www.bxrvfd.org. The Annandale and Bailey's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Departments are non-profit 501c (3) organizations, and all donations are tax deductible. Donations may be mailed to: AVFD, P.O. Box 806, Annandale, VA 22003; and to the Bailey's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1159, Falls Church, VA 22041-3609.
Jefferson Fire Station #18: New Replacement Facility – The Jefferson Fire Station, located at the corner of Woodley Avenue and Hodge Place in Falls Church, is proposed for replacement. To avoid any interruptions in service, a temporary facility is planned for parcels at South Street and Annandale Road in Falls Church. A community meeting to discuss both the temporary and permanent facilities is scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Community Room of the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale. The scope of the project involves demolition of the existing facility and construction of a replacement station at the current site. The new station is proposed to be 17,674 square feet, with a 5-bay facility for fire apparatus. This project is funded by the 2012 Public Safety Bond Referendum, approved by Fairfax County voters. For more information about the project, send an e-mail to Natalie.Knight@fairfaxcounty.gov, Mason@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call Supervisor Gross' office at 703-256-7717.
Go Green: Bike To Work on May 20! – May is National Bike Month and Friday, May 20, 2016, is "Bike to Work Day," so use pedal power, instead of horse power, and bike to work! Participants may register free online at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org, or call 800-745-RIDE (7433) to register. In Fairfax County there are 14 pit stops where the first 14,000 registrants can get free T-shirts, enjoy refreshments, win prizes, and more. To find the most convenient bicycle route, visit the Bike Fairfax Interactive Map (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/bike/bikemap/), contact the pit stop managers listed on the Bike to Work Day Web site, or contact the Fairfax County Department of Transportation's bicycle program staff at 703-877-5600; TTY 711, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Food Information! – Fairfax County offers a variety of resources about food availability in our community. Information about food assistance, donations and volunteering, food safety, farmers markets, and more, can be accessed by visiting www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/food .
McWhorter Place Trail Project – The public is invited to attend a public information meeting for the McWhorter Place Trail project. As part of the six-year bike and pedestrian program, an asphalt walkway will connect the eastern and western cul-de-sacs on McWhorter Place, and a concrete sidewalk will close the missing sidewalk link along the western McWhorter Place cul-de-sac. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Annandale High School cafeteria, 4700 Medford Drive in Annandale. An open house about the proposed improvements will be followed by a short presentation and Question and Answer period. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/pedestrian/mcwhorterplacetrail.htm, or contact Seyed Nabavi at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 703-877-5759.
Shelter Meeting - Fairfax County staff are proposing to temporarily relocate the Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter for homeless adults to a new site behind the Lincolnia Senior Center. This is a temporary location for an estimated four to five years until a permanent location for the shelter is secured and the new facility is built. The public is encouraged to provide input on the proposal in the following ways:
- April 11, 7-9 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church's fellowship room at 6362 Lincolnia Road, Alexandria.
- CANCELLED: April 26, 7:30 p.m., Mason District Land Use Advisory Committee, Mason District Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. It is anticipated that the application will be scheduled to present to the Mason District Land Use Committee during their May 24th scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m.
- The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal. No date has been scheduled yet, but the hearing is anticipated to be in late May.
Additional information is available at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/construction/baileys-shelter.htm. Please send your questions or comments to FairfaxCountyOfficeofPublicAffairs@fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Quick 411 – Does Fairfax County offer mulch for residents? Yes. Applying a layer of organic mulch in spring will help maintain soil moisture and control weeds. Mulching also insulates soils, keeping them warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Fairfax County operates a brush grinding operation, which produces double-shredded wood mulch for residents. The mulch is free, clean, and of good quality. Wood mulch usually is available at the I-95 Recycling and Disposal Center (9850 Furnace Road in Lorton), and the I-66 Recycling and Disposal Center (4618 West Ox Road in Fairfax), and at various park sites when quantities are sufficient. To view a list of pick up locations, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/trash/dispmulch.htm. Availability varies. Call 703-324-5995; TTY 711 first to check on current supply.
Farmer's Market Returns to Mason District Park – The Farmer's Market, hosted by the Fairfax County Park Authority countywide, returns every Thursday morning, beginning May 5, 2016, from 8 a.m. until 12 noon at Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike in Annandale. The Farmer's Market offers vine-ripe produce, fresh baked goods, herb plants, and much more for your spring and summer time enjoyment. For a complete schedule, and other information about the Farmer's Markets visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/farmersmarkets/, or call 703-642-0128; TTY 703-803-3354.
Prevent and Protect against Mosquitoes – Mosquito season is here, and those pesky bloodsuckers are not just a nuisance, they also can transmit viruses such as West Nile, Chikungunya, and Zika. Now is the perfect time to eliminate potential breeding sites in and around your yard where mosquitoes like to lay their eggs. Protect yourself from their bites by taking the following steps this spring, summer, and fall:
Control mosquitoes in your yard:
- Eliminate standing water. Check your yard weekly for containers that are holding water.
- Treat standing water with a larvicide* if it cannot be eliminated.
- If mosquitoes are biting, you may want to spray your yard with an insecticide,* particularly the places where mosquitoes like to hide, such as bushy green plants, ivy, other ground-covering plants and bamboo.
- Organize a neighborhood clean-up.
Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites:
- Wear insect repellent* containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535.
- Wear loose-fitting, light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and pants.
- Keep doors and windows closed and make sure screens are in good repair.
*Use EPA-registered insecticides, larvicides and repellents. Follow label instructions.
Preventing mosquitoes around your home and avoiding mosquito bites is not only good for your quality of life; it's good for your health! For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fightthebite, call 703-246-8931, or send an e-mail through the Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fightthebite.
Election Officers Are Needed in Fairfax County – The Office of Elections currently is recruiting voters to serve as Election Officers a few days a year, including the upcoming 2016 elections (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/upcoming.htm). Training begins in May, and bilingual voters are urged to serve as Elections Officers. Election Officers are needed at each of the 242 precincts in Fairfax County to run the polls and assist voters. To be an Election Officer, you must:
- Be fluent in English;
- Be a registered voter in the Commonwealth of Virginia;
- Be able to fulfill the Federal I-9 employment eligibility requirements;
- Attend a 3-hour training class;
- Arrive at the polling place at 5 a.m. and remain until all work has been completed after the polls close at 7 p.m.; and
- Have basic computer skills.
Election Officers may accept a stipend of $175 for serving a full day, or volunteer their time. Bilingual citizens also are urged to serve, as language assistance is needed in many precincts. Residency in Fairfax County is not required. For more information and to apply, call the Office of Elections at 703-324-4735; TTY 711, send an e-mail to email@example.com, or visit the Office of Elections Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/working.htm.
Mason Matters! The Television Show – The May edition of Mason Matters!, the television show that brings you news and information about our Mason District community, hosted by Supervisor Penny Gross, features Fairfax County Park Authority Director Kirk Kincannon, and Gayle Hooper, landscape architect and project manager for the Green Spring Master Plan. With the acquisition of approximately 2 1/2 acres at the northern end of Green Spring Gardens Park, and in collaboration with the Friends of Green Spring Gardens (FROGS), users of the park, and the our greater Mason District community, the Master Plan for Green Spring Gardens Park is undergoing a revision to incorporate the new acreage and to enhance this public garden. Mason Matters! airs on Cable Channel 16 every Thursday at 7 p.m., and every Friday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m., and daily on-line at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/mason.
Mason News and Updates – If you know someone who would like to receive news and updates about Fairfax County services and events in Mason District, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe. If you do not wish to receive this newsletter or the news and updates, please send an e-mail and include unsubscribe in the subject line to remove your e-mail address from the subscription list.
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