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The Foster-Powell neighborhood has a tree-lighting -- matched with a traveling tree!

DAVID F. ASHTON - Outgoing FABA President Matthew Micetic, owner of Red Castle Games, greeted incoming president Allen Rowand of Gray Dog Digital, in front of Twiggy the Traveling Winter Tree. Many who drove by tiny Laurelwood Park, nestled next to the intersection of S.E. Holgate Boulevard and Foster Road, slowed to look at festivities taking place there on Tuesday evening, November 28.

Canopies ringed the parameter of the diminutive park, illuminated with strings of lights – inviting people to gather for the third annual "Winter Tree Lighting" festival hosted by the Foster Area Business Association (FABA).

"Every year, we've improved this – and even with today's threatening weather, it's turning into a wonderful activity," commented ever-affable FABA President Matthew Micetic, owner of Red Castle Games, and also Vice President of Venture Portland.

"The highlights each year are partnering with the Southeast Community Food Pantry, our focus on 'Giving Tuesday', and seeing how many neighbors we have coming to this event," Micetic told THE BEE.

Although his term as President of FABA is now just ending, Micetic said he's still so enthusiastic about the business climate of the Foster Road community that he's negotiating to buy a building there. "This means I will truly be here for the long run," he smiled.

"Many businesspeople are looking forward to the implementation of the 'Foster Road Streetscape'; it will be truly transformational for the business owners on the street," Micetic said. Incoming FABA President, Allen Rowand of Gray Dog Digital, agreed, adding, "It's an exciting time for Foster Road."

Families who came to the celebration enjoyed hot cocoa, carols, face painting, and a free winter activity book.

Some of the evening's volunteers were from the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association. Brian Bella, the association's Chair, commented, "Our neighborhood is filling in, in a uniquely 'Foster way'. Our neighborhood has its own, unique character. In the new year, we'll be watching the development of the neighborhood very closely."

After a brief remarks, a tree in the small park was lit up with Holiday lights, sending cheers up from the ebullient crowd.

If you're shopping at the merchants or enjoying the establishments along Foster Road, keep your eye open for "Twiggy the Traveling Winter Tree" – which is moved to a new location every week during the season.

For more information about the Foster Area Business Association, go online: www.fosterarea.com

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