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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



The Board Corner: Perspectives from Penny  - Hard to believe it's October already!  You will find lots of regular fall activities highlighted in this newsletter, from the ever-popular Friends of George Mason Regional Library Book Sale, to the also ever-popular Annandale Parade.  These are terrific opportunities to share the delights of our community with your friends and neighbors.  

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, and you can vote at your regular polling place from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.  However, if you wish, you also may vote absentee in-person at several locations, including the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale.  More information about dates and times for in-person absentee voting is included in this newsletter.  On the ballot this year are all Virginia General Assembly seats, all Fairfax County Board of Supervisors seats, all Fairfax County School Board seats, the Sheriff, the Clerk of the Court, the Soil and Water Conservation Board, and two bond questions.  The last day to register to vote in the November 3 election is Tuesday, October 13.  If you are a new voter, a new resident registered in another jurisdiction, or if you have moved recently within Fairfax County, you can register, or change your registration information, online at  

A unique opportunity to support Green Spring Gardens, and children's programs, will happen on Saturday, October 3, when the "First Saturday at Foxfire Grill" will support the Friends of Green Spring Gardens (FROGS) Frances Tyler Title 1 Fund.  Frances Tyler was a longtime resident of Pinecrest, and spent her career as a teacher at Weyanoke Elementary School.  Upon retirement, Frances began volunteering at Green Spring, and soon realized that many children could not enjoy the wonders of the horticultural park because they could not afford school field trip expenses.  The FROGS board agreed that children's programming is important, and Frances made the very first donation to the new program.  Last school year, 1,886 students from 15 different schools participated in children's programming at Green Spring Gardens through the Frances Tyler Title 1 Fund.  On Saturday, October 3, 20 percent of all sales between 4 p.m. and closing at Foxfire Grill will be donated to the Frances Tyler Title 1 Fund.  Foxfire Grill, a woman-owned local business, is located in the Pinecrest Shopping Center, 6550 Little River Turnpike, across from the Pinecrest Golf Course. 

Don't Miss the Semi-Annual Book Sale at George Mason Regional Library!  The Friends of George Mason Regional Library will hold its semi-annual book sale October 1 - 4 at the library, 7001 Little River Turnpike in Annandale.  The hours are Thursday, October 1, 3 - 9 p.m.; Friday, October 2, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday, October 4, Noon - 5 p.m.  (Library services begin at 1 p.m.)  For more information, stop by the library, send an e-mail to, or call 703-813-6616.

Celebrate Good Health in Our Community – The Family Services Network (FSN) invites you to participate in Feria de la Salud 2015 on Saturday, October 3, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Willston Multicultural Center (Seven Corners), 6131 Willston Drive in Falls Church.  This community-based health fair increases health awareness through education and prevention for Hispanic and other minority populations living in Northern Virginia.  A variety of FREE health check-ups include: blood pressure, glucose, HIV/Aids, and Hepatitis B screenings, vision exams, and flu vaccines.  Information about dental care, cancer prevention, and stress reduction also will be available, as participants enjoy folkloric dances, music, prizes, cultural cuisines, and more.  For more information, contact Astrid Gamez by calling 703-867-1973, by e-mail at, or visit the Web site at

Fairfax County Hosts Vendor Forum, Small Business Conference on October 8 – Own a small business or looking to work with one?  Participate in the 2015 Vendor Forum on Thursday, October 8, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.  This annual event hosted, by Fairfax County, provides a forum for small businesses to interact directly with county department representatives.  Hosted in conjunction with the Fairfax County Small Business Commission, the Vendor Forum provides an interactive setting for suppliers to network, explore, and learn about business in the county.  For more information, and to register, visit the Web site at

Supervisor Gross Hosts a Second Senior Health and Safety Seminar on October 19 A "Safety in our Community - Preventing the 911 Call" health and safety seminar will be held at the Mason District Governmental Center, Large Conference Room, on Monday, October 19, 10 a.m. – Noon.  Presentations will include fire and injury/fall prevention, home and personal safety, Project Lifesaver (keeping at-risk residents safer and reducing care giver anxiety), defending yourself from scams and other frauds, and emergency preparedness.  These topics will be presented by representatives from the Fire and Rescue Department, Fairfax County Police Department, Fairfax County Sheriff's Office, Fairfax County Office of Consumer Affairs, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, and the Fairfax County Health Department.  For more information, call the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Public Affairs and Life Safety Education Office at 703-246-3969, or the Office of Supervisor Penny Gross at 703-256-7717, TTY 711.

Save the Date for the Annandale Fall Festival Parade! – The Annandale Chamber of Commerce will host the 65th Annual Annandale Fall Festival Parade on Saturday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  For more information, visit

Mason Matters! The Television Show – The October edition of Mason Matters!, the television show that brings you news and information about our Mason District community, hosted by Supervisor Penny Gross, features Captain George Hollingsworth and Technician Shawn Crisp with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.  As we prepare for fall and winter, many people look forward to lighting jack-o-lanterns in October, and the use of candles during November and December to add a special touch to holiday meals and festivities.  The Fairfax County Fire Department also steps up fire safety and prevention awareness campaigns to reduce the number of accidental fires in the home.  Cool evenings invite the use of fireplaces to take the chill out of the house, or warm the back patio.  Great care also must be taken with the use of candles and other open flame products and appliances.  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

Absentee Voting Available at the Office of Elections and Seven Satellite Locations – In-Person Absentee Voting is available at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 2/3 in Fairfax, from now until October 9, 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 and all Satellite Locations will be closed for in-person absentee voting on Monday, October 12 in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

  • Expanded voting hours at the Office of Elections begin on October 13, with in-person absentee voting open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  On Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 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 13-30, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Last Day to Apply for an Absentee Ballot by Mail, Fax, or E-mail: October 27 at 5 p.m. 
  • Last Day to Vote Absentee In-Person: October 31.
  • Deadline for Emergency Absentee Voting: November 2 at 2 p.m.
  • For Inclusion in the Election, Absentee Ballots must be returned to the Office of Elections by 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 3, 2015.

Additional information about absentee voting for the November 3, 2015 election is available online at, or by calling the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776; TTY 711.  If you have moved, need to update your voter registration, or need to register to vote, visit   The deadline to register to vote is October 13, 2015.

Election Officers Needed! – Fairfax County needs Election Officers a few days a year, including the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at each of the 240 precincts in Fairfax County to run the polls and assist the voters.  Election officers must be registered voters in Virginia and complete required training and forms.  Election Officers are offered a stipend of $175 for serving a full day.  Bilingual citizens are urged to serve, as language assistance is needed in many precincts.  Residency in Fairfax County is not required.  For more information, visit the Office of Elections Web site at, send an e-mail to, or call 703-324-4735; TTY 711.

Drivers Needed to Assist Senior Citizens The Shepherd Center of Annandale-Springfield is a non-profit seniors helping seniors organization.  Volunteer drivers in the Annandale, Springfield, and Alexandria area take senior citizens (ages 50 and older) to medical facilities and food banks during the week, and shopping on weekends.  More drivers are needed.  If you could give a few hours each month, please contact Barbara Gatorian, Office Director, by calling 703-941-1419, or by e-mail at  For more information about the Shepherd Center's services, log-on to

The Quick 411 – Does the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) have any Halloween programs/events planned this year?  Yes.  FCPA has a variety of family friendly programs planned for 2015.  The woods will come alive with nocturnal creatures at Fear-Less Fest, where visitors will meet life-sized animals like a black widow spider and a skunk at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.  Burke Lake Park's forest will be crawling with costumed characters, entertaining the passengers whipping through the woods aboard the Ghost Train.  Lanterns will illuminate Halloween's Victorian history at Sully Historic Site's Historic All Hallows Eve event.  Don't miss seasonal fun along the shores of Lake Fairfax, where the return of the Pumpkins in the Park festival will offer food and fun for everyone.  Lake Accotink's costume contest for dogs always is a howling good time, and a round of Goblin Golf will have your whole family cackling with delight.  Test your courage and challenge your fears inside the All Hallows Eve House of Reptiles at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, and then take a ride through the moonlit meadow to look for bats.  For additional information and to register for an event(s), visit

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