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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



Support ACCA in Meeting its Challenge Grant Goal! – The Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) invites you to join them in raising $129,000 to help many neighbors in our community with food, rent/utility assistance, furniture, quality child development care and other family needs.  To adequately respond, ACCA needs your help!  The Washington Forrest Foundation is providing $15,000 and several anonymous donors have added their support to make $43,000 as the total challenge.  ACCA's goal is to reach $129,000 by January 31, 2015. ACCA served more than 7,000 neighbors this year and the needs arrive daily for assistance.  Your donation is tax deductible.  Please send your donation, payable to ACCA, Inc., to 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003.  In the check's memo line, please indicate "Challenge Grant."  Donations also may be made online through the Catalogue for Philanthropy's Web site  Approximately 97 percent of donations go to services because more than 600 volunteers do most of the work.  For more information, call Mary Lee Di Spirito at 703-256-9513 or send an e-mail to

AARP Tax Preparation Returns to Mason District Free tax assistance will be available beginning February 2, 2015, thanks to AARP volunteers, who will be at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale.  April 15 is the deadline for federal taxes, and the Virginia tax deadline is May 1.  AARP volunteers will provide walk-in service from February 2 through April 15: 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. 

VDOT's Got Your Back this Winter  The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is the state agency that controls and maintains the roads in Fairfax County, and clears our streets of snow.  Drivers and residents may prepare for the first snowfall early by adding VDOT Winter Resources to mobile devices to get information about road conditions while at home or work:

Senior Citizen Tax Relief 2015 Workshops Coming to the Mason District Governmental CenterSupervisor Penny Gross, in collaboration with the Department of Tax Administration (DTA), is hosting free tax relief workshops on March 3 and 5, 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.


Reminder: Dog License Renewal Deadline is January 31, 2015– If you have not done so already, renew all dog licenses no later than Saturday, January 31, 2015, to be compliant.  Penalties for an unlicensed dog are a Class IV Misdemeanor and a fine up to $250.  Visit the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, located at 4500 West Ox Road in Fairfax, to renew and receive the license tags in person.  Proof of current rabies vaccination certification and $10 per license renewal (cost is the same for altered and unaltered dogs) is required.  Cash, checks, or credit cards are accepted for payment if licenses are renewed in person at the Animal Shelter.  The Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, call 703-830-1100, or visit the Fairfax County Animal Services Division Web site at

Stuff the Bus: Helping Fairfax County Families this Winter! – From January 17 to February 16, 2015, Fairfax County Governments, local grocery stores, and nonprofits are collaborating with MV Transportation, Inc. staff to collect food donations to assist the most vulnerable in our community.  This collaborative program begins on Saturday, January 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Fairfax Walmart, 11181 Lee Highway.  A Fastran bus will be in the parking at this, and 12 other locations, collecting food donations to restock food pantries.  For more information about the Stuff the Bus program, and a list of other donation sites, collections dates and times, call 703-222-9764; TTY 711, or logon to

Observe Cold Weather Safety this Winter – The cold days of winter are upon us, and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reminds us that it is vital to take safety precautions when spending time outdoors.  Here are a few tips to follow when you are outdoors:

  1. Avoid overexertion. Cold weather itself, without any physical exertion, puts an extra strain on the heart.  If you add to this the strain of heavy physical activity such as shoveling snow, pushing an automobile, or even walking too fast or too far, you risk damaging your body.
  2. Dress warmly in loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing.  Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.  Wear a hat.  Protect your face and cover your mouth to protect your lungs from very cold air.  Wear mittens instead of gloves -- they allow your fingers to move freely in contact with one another and will keep your hands much warmer.  
  3. Watch for frostbite and other symptoms of cold weather exposure.  Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, tip of nose, ear lobes.  If such symptoms are detected, get medical attention immediately.  Do not rub with snow or ice - this does not help the condition and, in fact, will make it worse.  The best treatment for frostbite is the gradual rewarming of the affected tissue. 
  4. Avoid alcoholic beverages.  Alcohol causes the body to lose its heat more rapidly - even though one may feel warmer after drinking alcoholic beverages. 
  5. Keep yourself and your clothes dry.  Change wet socks and all other wet clothing as quickly as possible to prevent loss of body heat.  Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly. 

Good judgment and proper winter attire can help you stay safe this winter.  For more information about winter safety, and safety year-round, visit the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department's Life, Safety, and Education Web site at , or call 703-246-3962.

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