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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

Bella Vista civic group changes name, searching for committee leaders

The Bella Vista Town Watch, which has kept an eye on 6th to 11th, South to Washington since 1992, has changed its name to the Bella Vista Neighbors Association to reflect the increasing duties the group has taken on in recent years.


Initially started to fight crime in the neighborhood, the organization boasts that the area now has one of the lowest crime rates in the city. And with the changing times and fresh new name comes a need for fresh new volunteers to get active. So says its website:

So while public safety remains an important part of our focus, our vision has expanded. The neighborhood has grown, and over the years we have turned our focus, and our efforts, to a much broader “beautiful view” of Bella Vista.  Now, besides Public Safety, additional committees work on a much broader scope of issues: Zoning, Neighborhood Improvement, Communications, Finance, Bylaws and Membership.

So, here are the opportunities to get involved:

  • Had a hankering to get into publishing? Volunteer to take responsibility for the BVNA newsletter printed bi-annually and fulfill that dream.
  • Afraid Bella Vista is becoming Vista Brutta? Join the Beautification Committee focusing on seasonal neighborhood cleanups. The first meeting is March 11 at 7:00 pm at the Palumbo Recreation Center, email to RSVP or just show up!
  • Throw the best parties on your block? How about the Events Committee for you? Plan the spring and fall fundraising events and come up with new ones to bring the neighborhood together.
  • 5000 friends on Facebook? Everywhere you go, do people know your name? Use your charisma on the Membership Committee and get your neighbors involved.

Contact the BVNA and let them know what you can do for Bella Vista. There’s a committee for everyone!

- Martha Rich,


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