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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



Southeast Quadrant Elementary School Proposal  Fairfax County is continuing to progress with a public-private partnership 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 a public facility on these parcels.  Public meetings for this development soon will resume to seek public comment about a potential change of use.  Through a partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools, an opportunity may exist for inclusion of an elementary school in this project.  Future notifications about this exciting new development will be available in the coming months.

Four Steps to Food Safety: Clean! Separate! Cook! Chill! – Summer is here and it is prime time for family gatherings and great meals, but don't forget to follow food safety.  The easy lessons of "Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill" will help you protect your family from foodborne illness and teach them how to be food safe.  Foodborne illness is a serious public health threat and all of us are susceptible.  The last line of defense against foodborne illness is in our own kitchens.  Learn about each of the four basic safe food handling behaviors – clean, separate, cook, and chill – by visiting or call the Health Department's Division of Environmental Health at 703-246-2444.  

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.

Participate in National Night Out 2014 on August 5 – Let the police know your community will participate in this year's National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5, between 6 – 10 p.m., and send a united message to criminals to stay out of our neighborhoods!  Fairfax County Police officers will visit many neighborhood activities to support our community's commitment to fight crime.  For more information, contact your district police station: Mason Station, 703-256-8035; Franconia District Station, 703-922-0889; and West Springfield District Station, 703-644-7377.

Spotlight by Startlight: The Fairfax County Park Authority, in partnership with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and with generous contributions from local businesses and corporations, presents a summer-long calendar of shows, concerts and movies appropriate for you and your family. In Mason District, the Spotlight by Starlight concerts are held at the Newton Edwards Amphitheatre in Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike in Annandale, on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (except for July 4)  at 7:30 p.m., beginning Sunday, June 1, through Sunday, August 31.  Children's shows are held on Saturdays at 10 a.m., beginning June 28.  International dance, music, and culture are celebrated at Ossian Hall Park, 7900 Heritage Drive in Annandale, on Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., from June 7 through August 30.  Check out the performance schedule for these, and other Fairfax County parks, at  Admission is free, parking is free, and you can bring a picnic, so there's no reason not to enjoy summer evenings in the park.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Healthy Swimming and Recreational Water Safety – With summer on the way, the pool season has begun.  There is fun to be had, but don't forget to be safe!  Ensure the safety and well-being of yourself and your loved ones, by learning how to prevent recreational water illness, avoid water injuries, pool code requirements, safety tips, and more. Visit, or for general questions, call the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-246-2444.  Happy swimming!

20-Year Solid Waste Management Plan: Fairfax County is in the process of updating the county’s official 20-Year Solid Waste Management Plan as required by state regulations.  Staff will be meeting with the public to provide a synopsis of the county’s trash and recycling program and to gather input and suggestions for consideration as staff prepares to update the county’s 20-Year Solid Waste Management Plan.  Comments will be used to craft an updated plan that will be submitted for approval by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in order to be sent to the state in June 2015.  For more information and a schedule of public meetings, please go to

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