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2018 Christmas Yard of the Season

Posted by Ellen on January 7, 2019 at 7:20 AM

Congratulations to Terry Passman at 10254 Oliphant, winner of this year's IEJT Christmas Yard of the Season.  This year the decision was especially hard to make, as there were so many yards decked out for the holidays - such beautiful displays throughout the neighborhood.

Mr. Passman will receive a $25 gift card courtesy of Clegg's Nursery.

As the season of Christmas draws to a close - we hope the spirit of the season remains with you throughout the year!

2018 Fall Yard of the Season

Posted by Ellen on November 6, 2018 at 6:30 AM

Congratulations to Wendell and Dawn Brumfield, winners of the IEJT Civic Association Fall Yard of the Season award.

On any given day, the Brumfields can be found working in the beautiful gardens surrounding their home at 10644 Cal Road. From the street, you will see the front of the house is lined with Sunshine Ligustrum, Camellias, Variegated Gardenias and Colius. Bachelor Button, Zinnea and Heather flowers blossom throughout, giving the Brumfields' beautifully maintained yard a pop of color. Look closely and you will also spot cotton plants. The beauty continues in the back of their home. Anchored in the middle , a 40 year-old sweet orange tree majestically towers over of their backyard oasis. A vegetable garden, an impressive Cypress tree, and various blooms are scattered around this citrus tree. A banana shrub (Magnolia figo) offers incredible aromatics to this visually pleasing sanctuary.

The Brumfield’s were awarded a $25 gift card courtesy of Clegg‘s Nursery.

2018 Summer Yard of the Season

Posted by Ellen on August 2, 2018 at 6:25 AM

Congratulations to Mrs. Elizabeth Brown for winning the 2018 Summer Yard of the Season award. Beautiful blooming pink zinnias s line the front of the home at 4735 Idlewood, where she and her husband have resided for nearly 50 years. But Mrs. Brown will tell you that her backyard is her haven. Hidden Gingers, Shrimp Plants, Double-bloom Daylilys, and Hydrangeas are merely a few of the diverse varieties of flora that she lovingly tends to in her cherished backyard oasis. A stately Live Oak, sprawling over 90 feet in diameter, planted by the Browns personally in 1975 provides ample shade, so Mrs. Brown can relax on her patio and enjoy viewing the fruits of her labor.

Mrs. Brown was awarded a $25 gift card courtesy of Clegg’s Nursery.

More pictures may be found at the IEJT Civic Association Facebook page. (Be sure to “Like” us today to receive neighborhood updates!)



2017 Christmas Lighting Yard of the Season

Posted by Ellen Rooney on January 9, 2018 at 2:20 PM

Our neighborhood looked so festive over the holiday season!  Our neighbors wowed us with beautiful lighs & fun displays, and Mother Nature even helped out by adding a sprinkle of sneaux to it all! 

One neighbor's yard, though, stood out.   The home of Joe & Eva Temple at the corner of Cal & Floynell was a real winter wonderland and brought numerous nominations from the neighborhood.  

Congratulatios to Mr & Mrs Temple, who were awarded a $25 gift card courtesy of Clegg's Nursery. 

Fall 2017 Yard of the Season

Posted by Ellen Rooney on November 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Congratulations to Denny and Michelle Lazarus on winning this fall’s Yard of the Season award. Their yard at 9966 East Inniswold features a beautiful display of interesting and colorful plants. Denny is quite the gardener and enjoys planting a variety of plants including Blue Sky Vine, Ligularia (Tractor Seat Plant), Marigolds, Clerodendrum, and Cat Whiskers. Their yard put on quite a show!


The Lazaruses were awarded a $25 gift card courtesy of Clegg’s Nursery.


Thank you also to our three other nominees: Jerome and Gay Plauche on Hillyard, Ian Gileski on Cherrywood, and Patti Sollie on Azrok. Their yards were beautiful and made the judges decision quite difficult!


We’re proud to have these lovely yards as part of our neighborhood.

Additional photos are on the IEJT Civic Association facebook page. 

Summer 2017 Yard of the Season

Posted by Ellen Rooney on August 7, 2017 at 11:10 PM

Congratulations to Pete Peterson at 10903 Ridgely Road on winning this summer's Yard of the Season award. Many of our neighbors greet Mr. Peterson daily, as he works year-round on his front yard. His incredible garden is filled with many beautiful blooms and greenery, including: althea, pentas, passion vines, coleus, bloodleaf banana trees, geraniums, salvia and begonias. The many shades of red and purple blooms are the highlight of his personal oasis. Mr. Peterson was awarded a $25 gift card courtesy of Clegg's Nursery.

Congratulations also go out to our other nominee, Ian Gileski on Cherrywood Drive. Mr. Gileski's home features a beautiful variety of summer color throughout.

Thank you to both of your nominees for allowing us to visit and share your gardens.

March 2017 General Membership Meeting

Posted by Ellen Rooney on March 13, 2017 at 11:05 PM

IEJT General Membership meeting 3/13/2017

The General Membership meeting was very well-attended, and we appreciate all those who attended. We had expected Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome to be at the meeting; her office had confirmed with us several weeks ago. Unfortunately, she did not show up nor did we receive any communication from her office regarding her appearance.

Our Metro Council representative, Matt Watson, DID show up, with one of his aides, Jonathan Tittlebaum. Matt has a second assistant, as well, Molly McWhorter. We have phone numbers and email addresses for all - we will make sure these are placed on our website, in the “Useful Phone Numbers” section in the left hand sidebar of the website.

Matt was well informed about issues in our neighborhood, and had a lot of good information for us.

He is working with Traffic Engineering to try to fix some traffic issues on Bluebonnet Boulevard to keep traffic moving, which would reduce the number of people using our neighborhood (Cal, Inniswold, Bluebonnet Road) as a means to avoid Bluebonnet Blvd traffic delays. Matt says many of the traffic problems in our neighborhood stem from those delays on Bluebonnet Blvd and he believes they can be relieved if Bluebonnet Blvd delays are reduced.

Matt will also be making contact with the Sheriff’s Office regarding the issue of speeding on our neighborhood streets. Civic Association President Rodney Plauche also made the point that if a sufficient number residents will call the Sheriff’s Office DAILY with complaints about the speeding, the Sheriff’s Office might be convinced to have their patrols engage in more vigorous speed control enforcement.

On the issue of street repairs — Matt said he drove through the neighborhood with a DPW official to make note of the potholes and other areas needing repair. He also said that these projects do take time to get budgeted and contracted — but Matt has done some good work on our behalf to ensure that DPW is made aware of the numerous repairs needing to be made.

About the mowing issues along Bluebonnet Blvd - many of you will recall that last summer, the medians got mowed regularly, but not the sides. A new contract was issued for that mowing, and the contract INCLUDES the sides as well as the medians. The contract also requires that trash be picked up BEFORE those areas are mowed.

The Civic Association received numerous complaints about conditions at a home at 9026 Gail (corner of Gail & Bluebonnet Rd). We have been assured that the situation at that home is being investigated.

We would also like to bring to your attention the RedStick311 app for your phone. This is a very useful app that you can use to report issues to the appropriate Metro government office. The app works with most newer phones, but if it does not work with your phone, you can accomplish the same thing by using the function on the webpage at

We introduced two new board members tonight, Frank Adair, and also Ellen Rooney. Ellen has graciously volunteered to take over the communication functions, answering emails, posting items to the Facebook page and the NextDoor network, maintaining the website and sending blast emails.

2016 Christmas Yard of the Season

Posted by Ellen Rooney on January 4, 2017 at 11:30 AM

The winners of the Christmas Yard of the Season were Civic Association Members Paula & Roy Dollar, who with daughter Leah created an imaginative holiday display!


Featured were large figures of Rudolph, Santa, Frosty, a polar bear, a weiner dog and a pink pig, and Leah's favorite, an elephant giving Santa a ride. Candy canes enclosed the display.


Board Treasurer Danielle Bowen presented the Dollard with a Clegg's gift certificate and the yard sign

2016 Fall Yard of the Season

Posted by Ellen Rooney on November 4, 2016 at 5:05 PM

Congratulations to Debra S on Sharlane, the winner of the IEJT 2016 Fall Yard of the Season! 

Debra and her husband John moved into their home in 1981, and the yard has been a work in progress ever since.  The yard currently is full of fall colors and blooms. 

Some of the many plants that can be found are chrysanthemums, pansies, roses, petunias, marigolds, hibiscus, mandevilla, and even and old-fashioned potato plant!   

The back yard is an absolute oasis of loveliness with an open covered deck structure and a pathway to a deck beyond that.  

There are cute and quirky ornaments throughout the yard and gardens - two are pictured below.

Pictured here are board Vice President Rodney Plauche with board member Pat Rusk, presenting the sign and a $25 Clegg's gift card to Debra. 

Next are some photos of the front entry:

Love the cute and quirky ornaments! 

The backyard:

2016 Summer Yard of the Season

Posted by Ellen Rooney on September 16, 2016 at 5:20 PM

Congratulations to Ian Galeski and wife Dawn Carino, whose home on Cherrywood was selected as the 2016 IEJT Summer Yard of the Season!



Ian is the gardener of the house and he has put together a peaceful back patio area with plants that naturally repel mosquitoes.



The front entry area has large elephant ear plants on each side, and of course, the statue of the greyhound dog with Mardi Gras beads! The statue looks a lot like Ian and Dawn's pet greyhound, a real dog named Reba. Ian says that Reba and her buddy, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Archie, only occasionally "help" with the gardening.

The peaceful back patio area has a number of plants that naturally repel mosquitoes.



Around the sides of the home there are a variety of different sorts of plants- cigar plant, a balloon flower and the purple oyster which was overflowing its container.


Our next seasonal yard will be 2016 Fall, to be awarded on or around November 1st. Please keep an eye out and begin sending in your nominations for Fall Yard of the Season to be received by us on or before October 15th. Please send to, and include the homeowner's name and address.


Board Treasurer Danielle Bowen and Board Member Lois Leblanc presenting the sign and the $25 Clegg's gift certificate to Ian:


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