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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

 

News


The Board Corner: Perspectives from Penny Happy Fourth of July!  Now that summertime is completely upon us, attention also turns to warm weather pests – like mosquitos.  Discovery of the ZIKA virus in North America has prompted a lot of discussion, and sometimes fear, as more information about the disease, how it is spread, and potentially serious health consequences, becomes available from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  What's the likelihood of ZIKA in my neighborhood?  How can I protect my family from ZIKA?  What else do I need to know?

In conjunction with the Fairfax County Health Department, I am hosting a ZIKA Information Town Hall meeting on Monday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m., at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale.  Representatives from the Health Department will be available to discuss ZIKA, what is known about the virus, and what you can do to prevent it, and other mosquito-borne diseases.  I hope you will plan to attend the ZIKA Town Hall on July 18.

Come a bit early, and enjoy the gallery show of oils and watercolors by local artists Bill and Stephanie Firestone, and Stephanie's late father, Peter Haikalis.  The art show is presented by the Art in the Mason District Governmental Center program, which features talented local artists in a variety of mediums.  Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Next year's art shows (each show is up for about three months in duration) are being planned now, so please notify my office if you, or someone you know, would like to be considered for participation.

Green Spring Gardens Features Art Show and Reception – On Sunday, July 10, 2016, from 1 - 3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens will host a reception at the Horticulture Center for artists Ruth Ensley (watercolor, mixed media and photography), Stanley Nartey (photography), and Kathy Ko (oil paintings), who will have their works on display at Green Spring Gardens through August 28, 2016. Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments.  The art display and event are free.  Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria.  For more information about this and other upcoming events, call 703-642-5173, or visit the Web site www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring.

Shelter Meeting: Fairfax County staff are proposing to temporarily relocate the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter for homeless adults to a new site behind the Lincolnia Senior Center.  This is a temporary location for an estimated four to five years until a permanent location for the shelter is secured and the new facility is built.  The public is encouraged to provide input in the following ways:

  • Community Meetings
    • A local community meeting was held on April 11th and the application was presented to the Mason District Land Use Advisory Committee (MDLUC) on May 24th and June 28th, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Public Hearings
    • The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing about the proposal at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, in the Board Auditorium, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035.

Additional information is available at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/construction/baileys-shelter.htm
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/construction/baileys-shelter-faq.htm
County staff responses to questions from the MDLUC are available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/mason/pdf/response_to_mdluc_questions_-_june_14_2016.pdf and www.fairfaxcounty.gov/pdf/additional_questions from the mdluc.pdf.  
The 2232 Review Staff Report is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/2232/staffreports/2232_m16_22_staff_report.pdf
Please send your questions or comments to FairfaxCountyOfficeofPublicAffairs@fairfaxcounty.gov

ULI Technical Assistance Panel to Develop Revitalization Strategies for Annandale – The Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization (OCR) is sponsoring a study of the Annandale Commercial Revitalization District (CRD) with a concentration on the "downtown" core along Columbia Pike.  A mix of industry experts (urban designers, planners, real estate professionals, etc.) from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington Chapter will convene a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) for Annandale on Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21 to discuss potential strategies, and present their recommendations to the public at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2016.  The TAP will provide short- to medium-term revitalization strategies that concentrate on the appearance, economic vitality, and awareness/promotion of Annandale.  Information about ULI Washington can be found at http://washington.uli.org/.

Prior to the TAP meeting, Fairfax OCR is interested in hearing from the community about their experience in Annandale, and receiving their ideas about the CRD's future enhancement.  Contributions will be forwarded to the experts for consideration during their panel discussion.  Please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/FairfaxCountyULITAP  to share your thoughts and ideas. The survey will close on Tuesday, July 12.

For more information about the TAP and to stay up to date about the initiative, please visit Fairfax OCR's website www.fcrevite.org/annandale/revitstrategies.html, call OCR at 703-324-9300; TTY 711, or contact the Office of Supervisor Gross by e-mail at mason@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call 703-256-7717.

The Annandale and Bailey's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Departments Invite You to a Crab Legs and Spiced Shrimp Feast – An all-you-can-eat crab legs and spiced shrimp feast fundraiser is set for Saturday, July 30, 2 to 5 p.m. at the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department, 7128 Columbia Pike in Annandale.  Enjoy steamed crab legs, spiced shrimp, corn-on-the-cob, coleslaw, hush puppies, hot dogs, and much more.  Proceeds will assist the Annandale and Bailey's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Departments with ongoing apparatus and station costs.  For more information and to purchase tickets, or be a sponsor, visit www.avfd.org, or www.bxrvfd.org, or send an e-mail to crabfeast@avfd.org. The Annandale and Bailey's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Departments are non-profit 501c (3) organizations, and all donations are tax deductible.  Donations may be mailed to: AVFD, P.O. Box 806, Annandale, VA 22003; and to the Bailey's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1159, Falls Church, VA 22041-3609.

National Night Out Set for August 2 – Don't be left out on National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 between 6 – 9 p.m.  It's an opportunity to enjoy a block party, cookout, or other planned community event.  Heighten your awareness about how to keep crime out of our neighborhoods.  Fairfax County Police officers will visit many neighborhood activities to support our community commitment to fight crime.  For more information, and to invite the police to your event, contact your district police station: Mason Station, 703-256-8035; Franconia District Station, 703-922-0889; and West Springfield District Station, 703-644-7377. 

Sales Tax Holiday/Tax-Free Weekend Mark your calendar!  Virginia's 2016 Sales Tax Holiday is coming!  Starting Friday, August 5, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. and ending the following Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 11:59 p.m., consumers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense products without paying sales tax.  This includes qualifying items purchased online, by mail, or over the phone.  For more information, including a list of qualifying items, visit www.tax.virginia.gov/content/sales-tax-holiday

Study for Lincolnia Comprehensive Plan to Begin this Fall – The Lincolnia Planning District Land Use Study will commence this fall to consider designating a portion of Lincolnia as a Community Business Center (CBC) within the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan.  Based on its outcome, the study will provide planning guidance, particularly land use and development intensity recommendations.  The study also will provide review and update planning guidance for the entire Lincolnia Planning District.  A citizen task force would lead the community participation and guide the study.  There will be numerous opportunities for public participation through community meetings and other venues. For an interactive map of the study area, please visit the Web site at   www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/fairfaxforward/lincolnia/interactive-map/lincolniaplanningdistrict.htm.  For more information, please visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/lincolnia/,or call 703-324-1380 to speak with either planner Faheem Darab or Michael Burton.

Mason Matters! The Television Show – The mid-July/August edition of Mason Matters!, the television show that brings you news and information about our Mason District community, hosted by Supervisor Penny Gross, features John Kellas, Deputy Director of the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program, and Pamela Gratton, Director of Recycling, Engineering and Environmental Compliance for the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program.  In recent years, consumers have been encouraged and are motivated to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible.  As recycling efforts advance, there are changes being made to maintain and improve yard waste and recycling service and costs.  Ending the use of plastic bags for yard waste collection is part of this endeavor and a piece of the bigger picture that ultimately benefits all Fairfax County residents.  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.

Fairfax Animal Shelter Returns to Mason District for Low-Cost Rabies Clinic for Pets – The Fairfax County Animal Shelter and Pender Veterinary Clinic, in partnership with the Office of Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross and the Mason District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department, will host a low-cost rabies clinic on Sunday, September 11, 12 to 2 p.m. for dogs and cats in the Main Community Room of the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale.  All dogs must be on leashes, and cats and ferrets must be in carriers.  Fairfax County 2016 dog licenses will be sold separately and cost $10.  Cash and checks only will be accepted for payment at the clinic.  For more information, call 703-830-1100, or visit the Fairfax County Animal Services Division Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/animal.

2016 Consumer Action Handbook – The 2016 edition of the Consumer Action Handbook is available!  This handbook, published by the federal government, is loaded with helpful information about various consumer matters, useful tips, who to contact with problems, and how to file a complaint.  The handbook includes a consumer assistance directory of companies, federal, state, and local government agencies, trade associations, and national consumer organizations.  The Consumer Action Handbook is free.  To order a copy, visit www.usa.gov/handbook or by mail: write to: Handbook, Pueblo, CO 81009.  The handbook also is available in Spanish, and English and Spanish versions can be viewed and downloaded from the Web site.  

The Quick 411 – Is there a place where I can learn more about the proposed meals tax in Fairfax County?  Yes.  The Board of Supervisors voted on June 7, 2016 to place a meals tax referendum on the November 8 election ballot.  Information is available online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/mealstax to enable residents and stakeholders to understand the process and the details of the meals tax referendum.

Mason News and Updates – If you know someone who would like to receive news and updates about Fairfax County services and events in Mason District, send an e-mail to mason@fairfaxcounty.gov to subscribe.  If you do not wish to receive this newsletter or the news and updates, please send an e-mail and include unsubscribe in the subject line to remove your e-mail address from the subscription list.

More news and information can be found at the NewsWire.


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