By Louise Hoff

During the Montavilla Neighborhood Association (MNA) meeting in December we asked those present what they liked about living in Montavilla and the answers ranged from “friendly,” “sense of community,” “nice place to raise kids,” “cute little town,” to “potential,” “convenient shopping,” and “coffee shops.” 

Neil Mattson, Organizer of the annual Montavilla Jazz Festival, is our featured speaker at the January 12 meeting. His talk will center on Music in Montavilla, the work Montavilla jazz is doing in the community at Vestal School, the MV Jazz Festival and two big projects to be launched in the future. 

Residents are eager to hear from Lieutenant Hays of East Precinct, from Molly Indrelie about Reimagining Recovery and from Danielle Rosenscruggs, a PSU Psychology student who will report on a survey she did about Downtown Montavilla. PBOT will introduce a future project on Glisan between 82nd Ave. and I-205.

MNA is hoping to fill several board positions this month. We have so much planning to do for the 82nd Ave. Parade of Roses and our annual Clean-up Fundraiser around Mother’s Day. Our Board still needs a Land Use & Transportation Chair, a Board Secretary and a Public Safety Chair. We hope to meet candidates at the January meeting.