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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 – Fairfax County has an enviable quality of life – the safest jurisdiction of its size in the nation. But we can always do better. Last spring, the Board of Supervisors endorsed an Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission to engage the community in an open and transparent process to recommend changes that would ensure public trust and provide for timely resolution of police-involved incidents. Seven Mason District residents served on the Commission or a subcommittee. The Commission presented its final report to the Board in late October. Some of the 142 recommendations already are being put in place by the Fairfax County Police Department; others need additional scrutiny for formal policy changes. One important change, already in place with the current academy class, puts philosophy of community policing at the beginning, and driver and weapons training at the end of the curriculum. The Commission report may be viewed on-line at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/chairman/pdf/adhoc-final-10.8.15.pdf.
Now that we are switching to Standard Time, please be more careful when walking or driving in the late afternoon and at night. Pedestrians should wear something white or reflective so that drivers can see you, and walk facing oncoming traffic if there is no sidewalk. Drivers should slow down and keep a careful eye out for pedestrians.
Community Health Care Network Relocates Bailey's Health Clinic and Pharmacy – The Fairfax County Health Department will relocate its Community Health Care Network (CHCN) – Bailey's Health Center from its current location in Seven Corners to its new location in Merrifield. The clinic will re-open at its new location as CHCN-Merrifield on Tuesday, November 24 at 10 a.m. The new clinic is located in the Merrifield Center, Fourth Floor, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Suite 450 in Fairfax (just off Arlington Boulevard at the corner of Willow Oaks and Williams Drive). The new location is served by Metro Bus Route 1C and 1A, and Connector Routes 401 and 402. For more information, call 703-237-3446; TTY 711, or visit the Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/pcs/hdchcn.htm.
Save the Date: Mason District's Holiday Town Gathering – Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross invites you to Mason District's Holiday Town Gathering on Thursday, December 3, 7 p.m. at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale. Refreshments, musical entertainment, and door prizes will launch the festivities of the season at this annual holiday event.
Board of Supervisor Offices Accepting Blanket and Coat Donations for Refugee Families – Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, in collaboration with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, are offering their offices as drop-off locations for a blanket and coat drive for refugee families of Syria and Iraq affected by the violence of civil war and ISIL. New and gently used blankets and coats, clean and folded, will be accepted from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., until Friday, December 4, 2015. The Northern Virginia Regional Commission, located at 3040 Williams Drive, Second Floor, in Fairfax, also will accept blanket and coat donations Monday - Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. For additional collection sites, visit the Neighborhood and Community Services Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/blanketdrive.
Mason Matters! The Television Show – The November edition of Mason Matters!, the television show that brings you news and information about our Mason District community, hosted by Supervisor Penny Gross, features Roxanne Rice, executive director of Food for Others, and Kirsten Bourne, director of marketing and communications for the Capital Area Food Bank. Food pantries in our region have been working diligently to address hunger. Through various programs and initiatives, progress is being made by distributing food, educating, and bringing awareness to the community. Though positive efforts continue in our region, so does hunger. Learn how we help. 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.
The Quick 411 - I am very healthy, can I still get the flu? Yes. Anyone can get the flu. It can send a perfectly healthy person to the emergency room with a high fever and trouble breathing, or at least knock you off your feet for days or even weeks. For kids under two, older adults, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions like asthma, heart disease or diabetes, the flu can be especially severe, even fatal. Get protected! It's never been easier to get a flu shot. Flu shots can be found at most pharmacies, grocery stores, doctor offices, and health clinics. And it may not even cost you anything. For the majority of people with health insurance, the flu shot is covered under preventative care. In Fairfax County, flu vaccine is available at all five Health Department clinics. For more information about flu vaccine and other health topics, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd.
County Capsule – Thursday, November 1, 2001: Final segment of the Fairfax County Parkway completed.
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