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Penelope A. "Penny" Gross 

Penelope A. "Penny" Gross
Mason District Supervisor

Mason District Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003

Phone: 703-256-7717, TTY 711
Fax: 703-354-8419

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



Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day! – The United Prevention Coalition (UPC) of Fairfax County, in collaboration with the Fairfax County Police Department, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, and the Office of Public Private Partnerships, will collect unwanted, unused, and expired medications on Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Residents may take their prescription drugs to designated police stations.  Stations serving Mason District include:  Franconia District Station, 6121 Franconia Road in Alexandria; and West Springfield District Station, 6140 Rolling Road in Springfield.  Keep the prescription medications in their original containers and cross out personal information.  Disposal is free and anonymous.  For more information and drop-off locations, call UPC at 703-938-8723, or visit the Web site at  (NOTE: Because the Mason District Station participated twice last year, the Mason District Station was not included in the September 27 event.) 

Absentee Voting Begins in September at the Office of Elections and Seven Satellite Locations – 
In-Person Absentee Voting is available at the Office of Elections, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323 in Fairfax, from September 19 - October 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday.  The Office of Elections will be closed for in-person absentee voting on Monday, October 13 in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

  • Expanded voting hours at the Office of Elections begin on October 14 -31, with in-person absentee voting open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  On Saturdays, September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1, in-person absentee voting is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • In-Person Absentee Voting at Seven Satellite Locations, including the Mason Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale, begins weekdays starting from October 14-31, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Absentee Voting By Mail: First ballot mail-out approximately September 19, 2014.
  • Absentee Voting Deadlines: Applications to vote absentee by mail must be received in the Fairfax County Office of Elections no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28.  The voted ballots must be received in the Office of Elections by 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 4, to be counted.

Additional information about absentee voting for the November 4, 2014 election is available online at, or by calling the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776.

Save the Date for the Annandale Fall Festival and Parade! – The Annandale Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its popular Fall Festival on Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike.  The Annandale Fall Festival Parade is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, beginning at the Annandale United Methodist Church on Columbia Pike and ending at the Fall Festival site.  For more information, log-on to, send an e-mail to, or call 703-256-7232 (Tuesday-Thursday).

Washington Gas Utility Work Planned along Backlick Road – Beginning this spring, Washington Gas will begin replacing a cast iron gas main along Backlick Road, between Industrial Road and Braddock Road.  The work will be done primarily in the sidewalk on the east side of Backlick Road.  However, one lane of Backlick may be closed in the construction area for safety and equipment staging, as needed.  Washington Gas also will replace gas lines along Larrlyn Drive, from Backlick Road to Woodland Drive.  Washington Gas will maintain access to churches, residences, and commercial establishments along Backlick during construction, and traffic controls will be implemented in accordance with Virginia Department of Transportation regulations.  Work will be performed during the day, Monday through Friday, 9:30 – 3 p.m., until November 1, 2014.  Work completion is affected by multiple factors, including the weather.  If additional construction is required, work will recommence on April 1, 2015.

More news and information can be found at the NewsWire

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