Chris Peper was awarded the Matt-the-Cat award by TGHNA President Ryan Barry for his longtime service to the neighborhood. Chris is a thoughtful and all-round good neighbor – he is often seen around the neighborhood trimming overhanging branches in the tree lawn that impede sidewalk traffic or picking up trash à la Susie Gudermuth. He has been a frequent attendee of Autumn Fest and various Heights Nights events. Recently, he volunteered to bring trash and recycling receptacles to the 2019 neighborhood block party. Congratulations, Chris!
Who doesn’t love ice cream? Many thanks to long-time supporters of TGHNA and the entire Tower Grove neighborhood, Dave and Beulah Ann McCreery, owners of Tower Grove Creamery, for hosting our Ice Cream Social event! A good time was had by all!
Over 200 people jammed into Black Thorn Pub to eat pizza, salad and home-baked cookies all to raise money for TGHNA Safety Committee’s Safe Streets Initiative to purchase security cameras for our neighborhood. We received great coverage from channels 2, 4, and 5. A huge debt of gratitude is owed to Dave and Sally Difani, owners of Black Thorn for hosting the event at their popular neighborhood business and to Greg Domian of Olympic Sporting Goods, who donated beautiful new Tower Grove Heights t-shirts to sell at the event. Many, many, thanks to the committee, board, volunteers and our generous donors!
A record number of guests attended this year’s Autumn Fest at the homes of Carey & Jeff Morgan, Dave & Sally Difani and Nick & Metra Mitchell Taylor. It was a night to remember thanks to Autumn Fest Chair Carey Morgan, her committee, and a ton of volunteers.
Even though she no longer serves as a Block Captain, Erin O’Reilly took the initiative to organize an Alley Clean-Up Blitz for 3800 Humphrey, inviting neighbors to participate by email and door-to-door flyers. She registered the project with BrightsideSTL and received marigold and dianthus seedlings for volunteers to plant in public areas. Despite the intense heat, over ten neighbors turned out to help clean the alley between Humphrey and Wyoming on a Saturday morning. Erin has lived on the block since 1986. In addition to previously serving as a Block Captain and authoring articles for the Tower Grove Heights Gazette, she continues to deliver it to every household on 3800 Humphrey. Many thanks, Erin, for your ongoing commitment to the neighborhood!
Kudos to Erin O’Reilly for organizing the alley clean-up between Humphrey and Wyoming!
It was a hot day but a lot was accomplished by a group of dedicated 3800 Humphrey neighbors including Jay, Sandy, Celine, Ralph, Jason, Karen, Carole, Patty, Joe, Georgiana (and daughters), Cleo, Helen, Katy, Robert, and Patty. Erin & Jay have lived on the block since 1986. Sandy has lived there since 1974!
Tom Reitenbach, along with his wife, and their children, is a longtime resident of Tower Grove Heights and has given his time and expertise over many years to support our area by volunteering as the webmaster of our neighborhood website (www.towergroveheights.com) as well as serving as the distribution director for our neighborhood newsletter, the Gazette.
In his capacity as webmaster, which is a huge responsibility in itself, he also sets up alias email addresses for TGH Block Captains, TGHNA Board members, Committee Chairs and other positions so that email can be forwarded to the individual in a particular position. He is very accessible and accommodating whenever asked to add something new to the website and implements requests for changes very quickly.
As distribution director of the Gazette, Tom makes sure Block Captains and other designated deliverers receive enough copies of the newsletter for their block. As if these two major on-going commitments are not enough, Tom also serves as a Block Captain for 3800 Juniata where he helps to organize the block party for 3600/3700-3800 Juniata. Tom is a consummate professional and tremendous asset both as a neighbor and volunteer.
On January 25, 2018, Tom was additionally recognized by St. Louis Nextdoor as a 2017 “Neighborhood Hero.”
Longtime Tower Grove Heights resident and former TGHNA Board Member, Tricia Heliker, received a 2017 Community Volunteer Service Award at the Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation (TGNCDC) annual “All in for Change” event at The Vault at the Southside Tower. Congratulations, Tricia, and thanks for your years of service to the neighborhood!
The two families we are contributing to have been identified for the 2017 season. For a list of gift suggestions or to make a financial contribution, click on the “100 Neediest” tab on the home page on or before December 15.
Sincere gratitude to Ellen Wilson, TGHNA 100 Neediest Cases Chair, for her ongoing leadership of this project.
Saras Chung coordinated efforts to donate meals to the family who lost their father/grandfather during a visit to St. Louis. She took on the project and worked with several neighbors to provide neighborhood-wide support of the family. From all of us, thank you, Saras.
Tower Grove Heights Neighborhood Association has partnered with the South Grand Community Improvement District to adopt the northbound bus stop near S. Grand and Juniata!
Adopt-A-Stop is a bus stop sponsorship program where businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to adopt neighborhood MetroBus stops. The goal of the program is to keep bus stops – and the communities served by MetroBus – clean, attractive and free from litter.
Ann Stanley (center) is presented with the M-T-C Award by President-Elect and Social Committee Chair, Vicky Dean (left).
M-T-C’s human mom, Máire Murphy on right.
Ann Stanley has stepped up in a big way to become involved in Tower Grove Heights. Not only is she is a regular attendee at neighborhood events such as Autumn Fest, Heights Nights and TGHNA meetings, she has volunteered to serve on the Social, Safety, AND Communications Committees. As a single person who has previously rented in various neighborhoods, she knows how rental tenants are sometimes discounted. Because of this, Ann suggested TGHNA reach out to our neighbors who rent. Recently she walked the entire neighborhood hand-delivering over 400 flyers that she created to invite our neighbors who rent to get involved with TGHNA.
As a city planner, Ann has lent her knowledgeable background on the Safety Committee and she has also volunteered to work on our website with plans for updating to make it more dynamic and visually interesting. ” Congratulations, Ann!
For more information on this “good neighbor” award including a nomination form, click on the Neighborhood Association tab on the home page.
Rich and Jean Iezzi represent the model of welcoming, friendly and engaged neighbors. They worked tirelessly to turn around the neighborhood in the late 1980s when it was deteriorating due to unchecked crime and loss of population to the suburbs. They helped to start the second iteration of the Tower Grove Heights Neighborhood Association (the first one was founded in 1908) and have continued to serve the neighborhood in many ways. They have instilled the ethic of supporting the community in their children, one of whom served as a TGH Block Captain, for many years. They have purchased and rehabbed many properties in the area and remain strong supporters of the TGH Neighborhood Association, providing memberships to their tenants to encourage these new residents to become engaged with the neighborhood and involved in the neighborhood association.
Rich serves as the volunteer editor of the multi-page quarterly neighborhood newsletter, the Gazette, which is delivered free of charge to every household in Tower Grove Heights. In this role, he not only writes articles but solicits ads to keep the endeavor self-sustaining. Recently, he helped erect a “Little Library” at the corner of 3600 Juniata. For the past two years, he has volunteered to attach the “Most Members” signage indicating the winning block of the annual Membership Competition. He regularly attends neighborhood meetings and events and along with Jean, is a true ambassador for our beautiful neighborhood!