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Penelope A. "Penny" Gross
Mason District Supervisor
Mason District Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: 703-256-7717, TTY 711
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
The Board Corner: Perspectives from Penny – As you know, the past few months in Fairfax County were focused on budget, as the Board of Supervisors considered the county executive's proposals for FY2018. The final budget is a disciplined one that maintains most county services, without increasing the real estate tax rate. The Board will adopt the FY2018 budget formally on Tuesday, May 2, 2017; the new budget takes effect on July 1. The adopted budget, along with Board members' budget questions, can be accessed online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/budget.
Drivers running stop signs and red lights create a serious, even deadly, problem in our community. Unfortunately, it is not unusual to see two, or even three, vehicles blasting through red lights at intersections, well after the light has changed to green for cross traffic. Traffic calming in neighborhoods has resulted in more stop sign installations to slow speeders, but those, too, are routinely ignored. Please don't be a scofflaw or a statistic. Taking a moment or two to obey traffic signs and signals saves lives – yours and others.
The Solarize Fairfax County campaign began in early April, and more than 600 households signed up for information and free solar assessments in the first three weeks of the campaign. The program can connect you with financing options and contractors for installation. The campaign ends on Friday, June 30, 2017. More information about Solarize Fairfax County can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/solarize .
Mason District Town Hall - Gang activity, police response, and community efforts to ensure that youth make good decisions were discussed at a special Mason District Town Hall hosted on Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m., at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale. The presentation includes representatives from the police department, school system, county agencies, and non-profit organizations. A question and answer session follows the presentations. A complete audio recording by Fairfax County Channel 16 is available at
Salvation Army Extends Donation Hours – Spring is a great time to donate gently used clothing, furniture, electronics, and household goods to needy families in our community. The Salvation Army Donation Center at 6528 Little River Turnpike in Alexandria (Fairfax County), is now open until 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, to accept donations. For more information, call 703-642-9270.
Mason News and Updates – If you know individuals who would like to receive news and updates about Fairfax County services and events in Mason District, ask them to send an e-mail to email@example.com 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.
Need a Notary? – Notarial services are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Office of Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross, located in the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale. Please call 703-256-7717 to schedule an appointment.
Mason Matters! The Television Show – Across the Washington Metropolitan area, gang activity has been on the rise and the tragic, horrible news of recent gang-related homicides has elevated concerns throughout the community. Although Fairfax County remains one of the safest jurisdictions in the country, gang prevention continues to be a complex task, requiring the combined efforts of law enforcement and other government agencies, schools, parents, a network of organizations, and the community at-large. Nearly 20 years ago, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved funding for a dedicated gang unit in the police department, focused on the prevention, intervention, interdiction, and suppression of gang activity in the county, and educating the school system and the community about gangs, the role of parents and mentors, after-school programs, and other aspects crucial to helping youth make good decisions. After-school programs and new youth activities blossomed. Despite such ongoing efforts, gang activity continues. The May edition of Mason Matters!, the television show that brings you news and information about our Mason District community, hosted by Supervisor Penny Gross, features Ed Ryan, Gang Prevention Coordinator for Fairfax County, and Jonathan Melendez, Prevention Coordination Specialist, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. 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.
Lincolnia Planning District Study – Second Phase – A current Planning Study of the Lincolnia area has entered its second phase, which will review proposed changes to Comprehensive Plan guidance (Plan Amendment 2013-I-L1) for the Lincolnia Planning District. A community task force is conducting a series of public meetings, extending into late spring. Information about the study, and the meeting schedule, can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/lincolnia. Subscribe to the Lincolnia Planning District Study by e-mail at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/lincolnia/listservsubscribe.htm. Questions may be directed to Faheem Darab, senior planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 703-324-1351.
Farmer's Market Opens at Mason District Park – The Farmer's Market, hosted by the Fairfax County Park Authority countywide, will be open every Thursday morning, beginning May 4, until November 16, 2017, from 8 a.m. until 12 noon at Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike in Annandale. The Farmer's Market offers vine-ripe produce, fresh baked goods, herb plants, and much more for your spring and summer time enjoyment. For a complete schedule, and other information about the Farmer's Markets visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/farmersmarkets/, or call 703-642-0128; TTY 703-803-3354.
FROGS Sponsor Spring Garden Day Plant Sale – The Friends of Green Springs (FROGS) are sponsoring the Big Plant Sale at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria (Fairfax County), on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. More than 40 local garden vendors will feature beautiful and unusual plants to fill spring gardening needs. Growers and Master Gardeners will be available to help with plant selections and gardening advice. FROGS receive 10 percent off plants in Green Spring's Garden Gate Plant Shop.
Virginia Primary Elections – Virginia will hold its Primary Elections on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sample ballots, candidate information, voter registration, and information about absentee voting are available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections. For more information, call the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776; TTY 711, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The Quick 411 – I am an older adult re-entering the job market. Is local help available? Yes. If you are an older adult seeking to stay viable in the job market, or are looking to re-enter the workforce, here are three tips for you to consider:
- Network - Keep an eye out for networking opportunities specifically for older adults, such as the free 50+ Employment Expo on Thursday, May 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Fair Oaks Marriott. Last year more than 1,000 residents attended the expo and met with dozens of job recruiters for full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions. You can also get resume assistance and attend helpful seminars.
- Visit SkillSource - If you are re-entering the workforce, you may be concerned that your skills, especially in our technology-driven world, are a little rusty. SkillSource is a nonprofit organization with six locations in our area that provides a wide range of free job placement, training, and educational services.
- Go Back to School - Fairfax County Public Schools' Adult and Community Education (ACE) program has a wide range of training opportunities in apprenticeship, business, information technology, health and medical, and trade and industrial programs. In addition, residents 62 years of age or older may opt for a 25 percent tuition discount, or if suffering a financial hardship, may apply for a full tuition waiver. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/3-tips-for-older-adults-in-the-job-market-employment-expo-is-may-11/.
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