November 28, 2016
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!