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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



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 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays until October 31, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 1.
  • In-Person Absentee Voting at Seven Satellite Locations, including the Mason Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale, continues weekdays until October 31, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, November 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • 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.

Farmer's Market Ends Season at Mason District Park – Enjoy the last of the fall offerings available at the Farmer's Market on Thursday, November 6 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike in Annandale.  For information about other activities in the parks, visit the Park Authority's Web site at

Fall 2014 Culmore CleanupEvery year, a spring and fall cleanup of the Culmore area in Falls Church is organized to rid the streets of litter and bring awareness to keeping our community clean.  The fall 2014 Culmore Cleanup is on Saturday, November 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Bailey's Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Drive in Falls Church.  Join your friends in cleaning our Culmore neighborhood.  Help out by picking up trash on cleanup day, and keeping our community clean all year long.  To sign up, visit  For more information about Culmore Cleanup, visit the facebook page, or send an e-mail to  

Elmdale Walkway - Construction will begin soon on the Elmdale Walkway Project, a walkway spanning the south side of Elmdale Road, from Old Columbia Pike to Braddock Road. The walkway project will consist of a 6' asphalt walkway, accompanied by drainage improvements. During construction, some plantings along the Park Authority property will be impacted. Project engineers have worked closely with a golf course landscape architect to ensure that the necessary replacement or relocation of these plantings will occur to protect neighboring properties from golf balls. It is anticipated that the relocated plantings will improve the screening that currently exists. Completion of this project will provide a safe pedestrian facility in this heavily used area.

Southeast Quadrant - Fairfax County is progressing with a public-private partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools and Avalon Bay Communities in the redevelopment of the ‘Southeast Quadrant’ of Bailey’s Crossroads. This area consists of publicly and privately owned property along Columbia Pike, from its intersection with Moncure Avenue to Radley Acura (5823 Columbia Pike). Initial proposals planned for this area included residential development and, potentially, an elementary school on these parcels. Public meetings for this development will resume on October 21, 2014, to seek public comment about this potential change of use. The meeting will be held at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale. For more information, please contact the Office of Supervisor Gross at 703-256-7717; Mark Looney of Avalon Bay Communities at 703-456-8652; or the Fairfax County Public Schools’ Design and Construction Services Office 571-423-2280.

Gardener Open House - Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria, will host a Gardener’s Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 7, 12 - 4 p.m. Register in advance for the 1 p.m. children’s puppet show, enter the annual gingerbread house contest, and catch a ride on the trackless train. For more information, call 703-642-5173, or visit

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.

Fairfax Connector Public Meeting – Fairfax County is seeking public comment about proposed bus service changes to the Fairfax Connector.  Changes to 29 Fairfax Connector routes are proposed to take place in January 2015 to improve on-time performance, enhance connectivity between routes, and serve new development in the Merrifield and Springfield areas.  Two meetings will convene to discuss these service changes, and public comment also will be accepted by e-mail at, or by calling 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608 until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 7, 2014.  For more information, please visit

Tysons – Monday, November 3, 2014
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (presentation at 12:30 p.m.)
Fairfax County/Tysons Community Room
Tysons Corner Center – Level 2
1961 Chain Bridge Road; Tysons, VA  22102
Transit access: Fairfax Connector 401, 402, 463, 721; Metrobus 2T, 23A, 28A; Tysons Corner Metro Station

Reston – Wednesday, November 5, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (presentation at 7 p.m.)
Southgate Community Center
12125 Pinecrest Road; Reston, VA  20191
Transit access: Fairfax Connector 551, RIBS 1, RIBS 3  

Mason District’s Holiday Town Gathering - Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m. Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale Start the holiday season early with your neighbors and Supervisor Gross, and enjoy an evening of local entertainment, refreshments, and hear about the highlights of major activities in Mason District. You may even win a door prize!

Fairfax County Offers Free Seminars for Family Caregivers of Older Adults – If you, or someone you know, is a caregiver of an older adult, Fairfax County offers free seminars throughout the county.  Upcoming seminars scheduled in Mason District include the following:

  • Technology and Design for Independent Living.  Consumer technology and universal design concepts are empowering older adults and people with disabilities to maintain their independence and quality of life.  Learn how technology and design can promote independent living.  Wednesday, November 19, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church.  Please register in advance at and click on  Free 2014 Fall Caregiver Seminars.
  • Medicare 101 Presentation: An overview of Medicare including coverage basics, supplemental insurance, prescription drug coverage and more!  Friday, November 21, 10 a.m. - Noon at the Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 North Chambliss Street in Alexandria.  For more information, log-on to or call 703-914-0223, TTY 711 for directions.  No registration necessary.

For more information about Fairfax County services for older adults, and assistance, call 703-324-7948; TTY 711.  Information about additional services provided by the Fairfax County Department of Family Services is available on-line

More news and information can be found at the NewsWire

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