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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

prenny-fcnpRegular readers of this column will recall that, every June, the Board of Supervisors recognizes outstanding community members as a Lord and Lady Fairfax representing each magisterial district. I was pleased to select Martin C. Faga and Terri Fox as this year’s Lord and Lady Fairfax from Mason District. They were honored at a special dinner and awards ceremony last week at the Fairfax County Government Center, as part of the Celebrate Fairfax! events.

Marty Faga is a longtime resident of Mason District, and former president/CEO of MITRE Corporation. When he was vice president of MITRE, Marty convinced the company to locate its new campus at Tysons Corner, rather than in Loudoun County. Marty also has decades of civic service in the Seven Corners area, so his business experience and thoughtful approach to issues were put to good use by the Seven Corners Land Use and Transportation Task Force, where he served as a community member. Subsequently, he chaired the Special Working Group for the Sears Site, where he achieved unanimous support for Comprehensive Plan recommendations. Marty’s professional and collaborative leadership is recognized by his selection as Mason District’s 2015 Lord Fairfax.

Annandale resident Terri Fox is the owner/operator of Foxfire Grill in the Pinecrest Shopping Center. For more than 11 years, Terri has worked hard to make Foxfire Grill a small business that gives back to the community. Every first Saturday is “Community Give Back Day,” where 20 percent of the day’s revenue is donated to a local charity. Foxfire is a partner with Food and Friends, and also donates gift cards and food to local schools in support of their fundraising efforts. Terri has served as the Mason District representative on the Visit Fairfax Board of Directors since 2006. In her spare time, Terri is an advocate for rescue animals, who also can dine at the outside patio of the restaurant with their owners, and has been active in AIDS awareness education and fundraising. Terri’s varied contributions to her community are celebrated by designating her as Mason District’s Lady Fairfax for 2015.

Residents can help shape Fairfax County’s future bus network in a series of workshop events this week. The closest workshop to Falls Church will be this afternoon, from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m., at the Seven Corners Transit Center, 6201 Arlington Blvd. (next to Chipotle in the Seven Corners Shopping Center). Recommendations for future bus services were crafted following a public outreach campaign conducted last fall. Transportation staff will be on site at the Transit Center to receive your comments about the recommendations. Transit access is via 1A, 1B, 4A, 4B, and 26A.

In addition to Fairfax County efforts, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is conducting a study of the 17 and 18 lines in Fairfax County. This study is linked to the “Connections 2015” effort. More details about this study can be found on line at www.metrobus_studies.com/17_18/lines. For more information about Connections 2015, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/connections2015.


 Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at mason@fairfaxcounty.gov.