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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
mason@fairfaxcounty.gov

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

 

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The Board Corner: Perspectives from Penny - As I drive throughout Mason District, I've noticed many trees with new buds, just waiting to burst forth. So maybe, just maybe, spring is finally arriving. As you know, the Board of Supervisors usually meets twice a month, and takes action on many issues that may affect all, or part, of Fairfax County. At its March 24th meeting, the Board approved an expansion of the Culmore Residential Parking Permit District (RPPD) to include portions of Nevius Street and Knollwood Drive in the Bailey's Crossroads area. RPPDs are useful in neighborhoods that experience overparking by non-residents, sometimes due to proximity to a high school or transit station, or older apartment complexes that lack parking capacity. Residents in an RPPD may apply for permits to park their legally registered vehicles, and may receive one visitor pass for guests. An RPPD differs from a CPD, or Community Parking District, which restricts the parking of certain recreational vehicles, such as boats, RVs, and similar vehicles, anywhere in a designated district. As outlined in my district-wide print newsletter last fall, I am gauging community support for designating all of Mason District a CPD, which would restrict parking of boats, recreational vehicles, campers, and trailers on public streets in residential areas. A CPD also prohibits parking vehicles weighing 12,000 pounds or more, vehicles having three or more axles, and vehicles transporting 16 or more passengers (except school buses). Exemptions to the CPD include: vehicles used by federal, state, or local agencies to provide services; commercial vehicles discharging passengers, performing work or providing services; vehicles temporarily parked, for up to 48 hours, for the purpose of loading, unloading, or preparing for a trip. Responses received to date have indicated substantial support for creating a CPD for all of Mason District. There is additional time for civic organizations to weigh in on support, or non-support, for a CPD by sending an e-mail to mason@fairfaxcounty.gov, by fax at 703-354-8419, or first-class mail, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Virginia 22003. If you have not already responded, please let me know your thoughts by April 20.

Reminder: AARP-TAX AIDE Concludes on April 15 in Mason District! AARP volunteers at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale, will conclude filing of federal and state tax forms on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  The Virginia tax deadline is May 1.  AARP volunteers 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.  All returns are filed electronically.  Remember to bring documents, such as last year's tax return, a photo ID, and all Social Security cards or other SSA documentation for all taxpayers and dependents.  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 www.aarp.org/money/taxaide, or call 1-888-227-7669.

Celebrate Culmore Multicultural Day – Come to the Culmore Multicultural Day 2015: "Building a Strong Community" on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Woodrow Wilson Library, 6101 Knollwood Drive in Falls Church.  Admission is free.  Enjoy live music, tasty cuisine, folkloric dancers, activities for children, animal exhibits, and much more.  For more information, contact the Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8514, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.   

Mason Matters! The Television Show – The April edition of Mason Matters!, the television show that brings you news and information about our Mason District community, hosted by Supervisor Penny Gross, features Lindsay Curry, Fitness Director for the Fairfax County Park Authority's Providence RECenter, and Monica Phillips, Fitness and Wellness Manager for the Fairfax County Park Authority.  Spring is here, and New Year's resolutions for better fitness and wellness may have gotten on the backburner during the winter.  Fortunately, Fairfax County has an abundance of indoor and outdoor amenities, and programs to get you on your way to better fitness and wellness.  One program, Take 12 Steps for Community Health, is providing positive results for participants throughout Fairfax County.  You can start anytime and the program is free!  The year is far from over, so why not make Take 12 your new New Year's resolution?!  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.  

Learn How to Increase Your Awareness and Personal Safety in Public Places On Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m., the Fairfax County Police Department, Mason District Station, will feature Master Police Officer Pete Davila, Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, at its Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting.  The discussion will focus on personal safety – learn how to increase your awareness and safety in public places.  The Mason District Station, located at 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale, also offers training for new Neighborhood Watch members at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month, except in July.  For more information, contact CAC Chairman Gabe Goldberg by e-mail at gabe@gabegold.com.  For information about Neighborhood Watch and other programs, contact Crime Prevention Officer Brendan Murphy at 703-256-8035, ext. 2257, or send an e-mail FCPDMasonCPO@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Welcome Spring at the Seasonal Opening of Green Spring's Garden Gate Plant Shop – On Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., celebrate spring with the opening of Green Spring's Garden Gate Plant Shop, which specializes in plants that do well in our local growing conditions and offers plants featured in Green Spring's gardens.  Try something new in your own landscape.  Green Spring Master Gardeners are available for a free consultation.  Join Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) and receive 10 percent off in the Garden Gate Plant Shop.  Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria.  Regular plant shop hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 12 noon to 4 p.m.  For more information, call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173, or visit the Web site at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring/.

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.

The Corner at Seven Corners Sign to Get New Look – The Corner at Seven Corners shopping center plans to update the signage on the property to match the façade work that recently was completed last year.  There will be two sign upgrades: one smaller sign at the Wilson Boulevard entrance, and one larger sign at the Arlington Boulevard side of the property.  The new signs will update the shopping center's appearance, and provide additional room to accommodate more tenants.

 More news and information can be found at the NewsWire


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