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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



Mason District Welcomes AARP Tax Preparation Volunteers! Thanks to AARP Volunteers, free tax assistance is available now, through April 15, 2015, at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale.  April 15 is the filing deadline for federal taxes, and May 1 is the Virginia tax filing deadline.  AARP volunteers will provide walk-in service on Mondays and Thursdays from 1 to 8 p.m.Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Please note that walk-in hours will be closed President's Day weekend, February 14-16, 2015.  All returns are filed electronically.  Remember to bring documents, such as last year's tax return, a photo ID, and all Social Security cards.  Residents with illnesses or infirmities, which confine them to their homes, may schedule appointments with AARP for tax preparation services by calling 703-594-6576.  For more information about AARP Tax-Aide, visit, or call 1-888-227-7669.

The FY2016 Budget budget promises to be a tight one, as Fairfax County slowly continues to recover from the Great Recession.  There will be many opportunities for residents to comment about the proposed budget.  A list of public meetings throughout the county will be released later in February.  The Mason District Spring Town Meeting about the budget will be held on Thursday, March 19, from 7 until 9 p.m., at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale.  Public hearings about the budget begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, and continue at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, April 8 and 9, at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.  The public hearings will be televised live on Channel 16.

Renovated Woodrow Wilson Library Opens March 21 Bring your family and participate in the grand opening of the newly renovated Woodrow Wilson Library, 6101 Knollwood Drive in Falls Church.  The festivities begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.  Activities also include a Lion and Dragon Dance from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., featuring Girl Scouts GSCNC Troop 2016 "Au and Thieu Doan Trung Vuong" for music and dance.  Crafts will be included for children.  There also will be a Kaydee Puppet Show from 3 to 3:30 p.m., featuring "The little Red Hen's Wacky Week," and "The Lion and Mouse Fable."  The puppet show is co-sponsored by The Fairfax County Public Library Foundation.  Ages 4 and older with adults welcome.  For more information, visit the Woodrow Wilson Library's Web site at, or contact Mary Mulrenan at 703-324-8319.

Green Spring Gardens Hosts Art Show Reception Now through April 26, see the work of artists of the Sumi-e Society of America at the Horticulture Center and Historic House at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria.  Meet the artists on Sunday, March 29, 1 – 3 p.m., and enjoy light refreshments.  For more information about this and other upcoming educational programs and events, visit the Web site at, or call 703-642-5173; TTY 703-803-3354.

Annandale Spring Cleanup Scheduled for April 18 – The Annandale Women's Club is sponsoring its annual Annandale Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Anyone wishing to join the Women's Club volunteers is welcome to meet them in front of the George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, to receive bags, gloves, and a map.  For more information, contact Helen Winter at 703-256-9620.


Seven Corners' Opportunity Area C Final Meeting Scheduled – The Seven Corners Special Working Group is concluding its study and forming recommendations for Opportunity Area C (also referred to as the 'Sears site') in Seven Corners.  The final meeting will be held on Wednesay, March 4, 7 p.m., at Bailey's Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Drive in Falls Church.  To learn more about this effort, please visit the Mason District Web site at

RESCHEDULED: Senior Citizen Tax Relief 2015 WorkshopsDue to inclement weather, the second Senior Citizen Tax Relief Workshop has been rescheduled to Monday, March 27, 2015from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale.  DTA staff will be on-site to assist residents with completing the 2015 Tax Relief application form and answer questions.  No appointment is necessary.  Bring your 2014 tax returns or proof of 2014 gross income from all sources, and all asset information as of December 31, 2014.  Real estate tax relief is available for older adults and people with disabilities who meet certain qualifications.  Qualified residents also may be eligible for car tax and rent relief.  For more information, visit the Web site, or call 703-222-8234; TTY 703-222-7594.

RESCHEDULED: Fairfax County Launches Lincolnia Planning District Study – The first community meeting for Phase 1 of the Lincolnia Planing District Study has been rescheduled to Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The location will be announced as soon as possible. For more information about the Lincolnia Planning District Study, contact Jennifer Garcia with the Department of Planning and Zoning by email at, call 703-324-1356, or visit the Lincolnia Planning District Study Web site at

Bicycle Lanes Proposed for Mason District – On March 25 at 7 p.m., join the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) at the George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike in Annandale, to discuss multimodal safety improvement projects proposed for Evergreen Lane and Annandale Road.  The proposed projects would include the addition of bicycle accommodations within the existing road widths and are limited to restriping.  The proposed project limits are: Evergreen Lane, from Little River Turnpike to Columbia Pike; and Annandale Road, from Arlington Boulevard to Gallows Road.  Proposed projects are coordinated with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the state agency that controls and maintains the roads in Fairfax County, when the roads are anticipated to be scheduled for paving.  For more information about proposed bicycle improvement projects, visit, call FCDOT at 703-877-5600, or send an e-mail to Adam Lind, FCDOT Transportation Planner, at


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