John Bianco, Ernie’s son, will continue the tradition of running his model trains from Thanksgiving through Christmas Day. Weather permitting, five tracks run trains every evening except Mondays on Adele Ave. from 6:30 to about 9:00. The engines and cars change daily. As many as 100 visitors a night (up to 300 on Christmas eve) come, including children brought by parents who themselves watched the trains when they were young. Ernie also began the Christmas Eve tradition of curbside luminaria (candles in paper bags). Over the years, neighbors added their own, so a row of the softly glowing lights lines Adele. Articles about Ernie’s trainsRead More →

Thursday, October 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Trick-or-treating is a tradition — but we also need it to be a welcome and safe experience in Monta Loma. Decorate your home, dress up, and bring your family for an evening of spooktacular fun. If you’ll be participating in passing out treats, please leave your outside house lights on, or place something out in front to show that you welcome callers. Better yet, sit outside to greet trick-or-treating families. Families, remember to trick-or-treat in groups, carry flashlights, look both ways before crossing streets, stay on sidewalks, and approach only well-lit homes. Remember children with foodRead More →

Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s event such a huge success. The four volunteers at the two welcome tables signed in over 300 attendees who enjoyed the free ice cream and toppings while meeting their neighbors. Photos of the 2019 Ice Cream Social are here. New this year were Monta Loma Neighborhood logo items, which are available for purchase. Twenty-nine Monta Loma tee shirts were sold but there are still some available for purchase. The Mobile Library staff welcomed 135 new and long-time patrons to the bookmobile, and a crew from the Fire Department brought an engine. Representatives of the Recreation Department offered literature onRead More →

Show your pride in our neighborhood by wearing a Monta Loma tee shirt. Some red shirts and gray shirts ordered for sale at the Ice Cream Social are still available. Three adult styles are available, but only in Light Steel or Deep Red. Click on each style for a photo. Hanes Beefy-T 5180 Hanes Ladies Crewneck 5680 Hanes Ladies V-Neck 5780 Also available are one shirt with the old Dancing People logo in size Youth Extra Small in Light Steel, and one old-logo shirt in Navy, size XXL. To inquire about any of these remaining shirts, open an email message to Marilyn (or, if you’re using a webmail service,Read More →

The MLNA Ice Cream Social is our biggest social event of the year. This year it’s on Sunday, August 25, in Monta Loma Park from 3:00 to 5:00. Some of the things to do at this year’s event: Visit a MLNA welcome table first to make a nametag so your neighbors can meet you. Visit the ice cream toppings table for add-ons to enhance your ice cream. Ask Gizmo Gary to make you a balloon creation. Check out our Monta Loma tee shirts and new MLN logo items. Learn more about the city’s Zero Waste Program and Recreation Department. Visit our Community Emergency Response Team’s (CERT) display andRead More →

More than 50 neighbors attended the meeting on May 29, meeting new neighbors as they looked over the displays of information and the new MLN logo items. Acting President Tricia DelGaudio began the meeting with a review of MLNA activities (Email list, newsletter, CERT, Neighborhood Watch, block parties, Ice Cream Social, and Holiday Progressive Dinner), and introduced the volunteers who make these possible. She also showed slides of recent traffic improvements, including a video clip of drivers cutting the Nita/Nita corner before the new lane barrier was installed. Tricia then introduced the board candidates. Because the election was uncontested, the slate was ratified by voiceRead More →

Show your pride in our neighborhood by wearing a Monta Loma tee shirt. We will order a limited number of red shirts and gray shirts to sell at the Ice Cream Social on August 25, but you may order your shirt in many other colors. To see all the color choices, click on the link (words in red, below) for each style. Note that the only way to guarantee having a shirt in your size and preferred style and color is to order it in advance. If you don’t order, your choices will be limited to the red (Deep Red) and gray (Light Steel) shirts we buy toRead More →

One Monta Loman’s trash was another’s treasure at our neighborhood garage sale on Saturday, May 4. In addition to the 21 families who registered their sales to be publicized on the neighborhood email list, our website, NextDoor, and the Voice’s online Community Calendar, others also set out their no-longer-needed items to pass along, and many people visited the sales. The event was recycling at its best, plus an opportunity to meet more of our neighbors.Read More →

The neighborhood email list, MLN, has long been a wonderful neighborhood resource, allowing us to share requests, information, no-longer-needed items, and much more.  Problems with Yahoo Groups prompted moving the list to a new host. Those already on the Yahoo list were emailed an invitation to join the new list. The new list was activated in April 2019, and the old list retired. Monta Loma residents and property owners who would like to join this list should send a request including your name and address to Peggy Manor <mamm@pobox.com>. You may be asked a question to verify that you live in Monta Loma.Read More →

Ernie Bianco’s son, John, and the rest of the Bianco family continued the tradition of running his model trains evenings on Adele Ave. between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The display was featured in the December 21, 2018, issue of the Mountain View Voice (on pages 1 and 17), and drew more than a hundred people on some nights. Sandra H. commented, “We walk over every evening when it’s clear. It’s a great way to get the kids outside, even though it’s dark. It’s the highlight of our year. John is a neighborhood hero!” Neighbor Elna Tymes reported, “The trains were a huge success during the evenings leadingRead More →