What's in the numbers?

by Glenn Gargan, President

With the holiday season having started earlier this week, please allow me some latitude (ok, a lot of latitude) in trying to present a yule-tide carol (to a skewed version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”):

On each day of Christmas, the Village has for thee:
40,000+ residents
12,099 homes
330 acres of parkland
52 years of history
29 continuous years
as a Tree City
26 local associations
22 tennis courts
18 recreation and park areas
10K (some time ago) and 5K runs
9 MVF Board Members
8 Ball/Soccer Fields/Cricket Pitch
7 outdoor swimming pools (MVF-owned)
6 “What’s Your Story” videos (so far)
5 lakes for fishing
4 community centers
1 amphitheater
1 nature center
1 public boat dock
1 MVF Board Student Representative
1 Great Pumpkin Race
1 Annual July 4th Parade
1 awesome community band
many miles of foot and bicycle paths
dedicated staff
Flea and Farmers’ Markets
Art in the Park
Friday Flicks
Breakfast with Santa
and extra lighting on the Montgomery Village Christmas Tree!

That being said (or sung), here is a reminder of some upcoming activities for your consideration as we celebrate the Holiday season:

Saturday, Dec. 8: Breakfast with Santa, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road.

Sunday, Dec. 9: Holiday Toys for Tots Concert with the Montgomery Village Community Band. Music kicks off at 3 p.m. at Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue. Admission is free, and donations of new, unwrapped toys are appreciated.

Saturday, Dec. 15: Parents Afternoon Out, 1 to 5 p.m. at Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue. Parents can enjoy a little time to themselves for holiday shopping or decorating.

Monday, Dec. 17: Montgomery Blue Notes Jazz Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. at North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road.

Please travel safely this holiday season and utilize care when driving at night. ‘Tis also the season for sobriety checkpoints, so plan accordingly. In that vein, www.soberride.com or 1-800-200-TAXI are but two options available for responsible celebration.

Lastly, a reminder that the Montgomery Village News print editions are now distributed monthly. Montgomery Village Foundation will update the website on a regular basis and include pertinent information published online in the following print edition as well.

As is tradition, I invite you to get involved. Volunteerism is the secret ingredient in Montgomery Village, and the plethora of skills and talents present in our community can only ensure our continued improvement if you and your neighbors volunteer.

Speaking for MVF, we thank all residents for the opportunity to work on your behalf in 2018.

Speaking for myself, I want to thank our fiercely dedicated MVF staff for all their efforts this past year; they are unparalleled in what they do, and for the professionalism with which they do it.

Your input and feedback to me at garganmvf@gmail.com is welcome.

Best regards,


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