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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



School Begins September 2 – Police will begin the SOS (Save Our Schools) program, which is an aggressive traffic and pedestrian enforcement program.  Be mindful of reduced speed limits, crossing guards, and stop for school buses when the red lights are flashing.  For more information about police activity in your neighborhood, visit your local police station's Web site or call:

New Voting Machine Demonstrations Scheduled On Friday, September 5 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., the Fairfax County Office of Elections will hold a demonstration of new voting machines in the Small Conference Room of the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale.  Two additional demonstrations are scheduled, for September 8 (5-7 p.m.) and 17 (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.), in the George Mason Regional Library lobby, 7001 Little River Turnpike in Annandale.  For more information about the new voting machines, and new voter photo ID requirements, contact the Fairfax County Office of Elections at 703-222-0776; TTY 711, send an e-mail to, or visit the Web site

Reminder: Northern Virginia CycleFest – The fifth annual Northern Virginia CycleFest hosted by the Jewish Community Center-Northern Virginia (JCC-NV) is scheduled for Sunday morning, September 14, 2014.  This is a non-competitive bicycle event, which benefits the Wounded Warriors Project and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA).  Participants will start and finish at JCC-NV, and are urged to register before September 4.  Registration may be completed up to the day of the event on the JCC-NV Web site at, or for more information, contact Paula Cole at the JCC-NV, 703-537-3049.  The JCC-NV is located at 8900 Little River Turnpike in Fairfax. 

Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day! – The United Prevention Coalition (UPC) of Fairfax County, in collaboration with the Fairfax County Police Department, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, and the Office of Public Private Partnerships, will collect unwanted, unused, and expired medications on Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Residents may take their prescription drugs to designated police stations.  Stations serving Mason District include:  Franconia District Station, 6121 Franconia Road in Alexandria; and West Springfield District Station, 6140 Rolling Road in Springfield.  Keep the prescription medications in their original containers and cross out personal information.  Disposal is free and anonymous.  For more information and drop-off locations, call UPC at 703-938-8723, or visit the Web site at  (NOTE: Because the Mason District Station participated twice last year, the Mason District Station was not included in the September 27 event.) 

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 September 19 - October 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday.  The Office of Elections will be closed for in-person absentee voting on Monday, October 13 in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

  • Expanded voting hours at the Office of Elections begin on October 14 -31, with in-person absentee voting open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  On Saturdays, September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1, in-person absentee voting is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • In-Person Absentee Voting at Seven Satellite Locations, including the Mason Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale, begins weekdays starting from October 14-31, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Absentee Voting By Mail: First ballot mail-out approximately September 19, 2014.
  • 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.

Day-to-Serve Set in Mason District On Saturday, September 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., our Mason District community is urged to participate in Day-to-Serve.  Volunteers from Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, John Calvin Presbyterian Church, the Baha'i Faith, Ravensworth Baptist Church, St. Albans Episcopal Church, and the Annandale VA Stake of the LDS Church will work together to collect food items to benefit food pantries administered by the Dar Al-Hijrah and Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA).  These groups will be accepting food donations at the following grocery stores: 

  • Giant Food Store at 7317 Columbia Pike in Annandale
  • Shoppers Food Warehouse at 6360 Seven Corners Center in Falls Church
  • Shoppers Food Warehouse - Plaza at Landmark at 6200 Little River Turnpike in Alexandria
  • Safeway at 7414 Little River Turnpike in Annandale
  • Giant Food Store - Loehmanns Plaza at 7235 Arlington Blvd in Falls Church.

When the collection of donated food items is completed, volunteers are needed to stock food pantries, from approximately 3 – 4:45 p.m.  Dar Al-Hijrah invites volunteers to convene at the mosque for pizza when the work is done.  Please contact your faith community representative for additional information and opportunities to participate.  For more information, or questions, contact Hank Molinengo at, or call 571-269-2196. 

September is National Preparedness Month – Do you have an action plan and supplies to help withstand the first three-days after an emergency?  It is important that every individual, family, business, and organization is prepared in the home, workplace, and vehicle.  To learn how to make emergency plans, kits, and more, visit  For answers to your questions, contact the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) at 571-350-1000.  The OEM is responsible for coordinating preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for significant emergency events that may occur in our community.

Fairfax Animal Shelter Hosts Low-Cost Rabies Clinic for Pets in Annandale – The Fairfax County Animal Shelter, 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 21, 12 to 2 p.m. for dogs and cats.  The one-year rabies vaccinations cost $12 at the clinic.  To obtain a three-year vaccine, bring the pet's rabies certificate indicating the current rabies vaccination and vaccination expiration date.  All dogs must be on leashes, and cats must be in carriers.  Fairfax County 2014 dog licenses will be sold separately and cost $10.  Cash or 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

Save the Date for the Annandale Fall Festival and Parade! – The Annandale Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its popular Fall Festival on Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike.  The Annandale Fall Festival Parade is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, beginning at the Annandale United Methodist Church on Columbia Pike and ending at the Fall Festival site.  For more information, log-on to, send an e-mail to, or call 703-256-7232 (Tuesday-Thursday).

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.

More news and information can be found at the NewsWire

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