Sy­camore Street res­i­dent hon­ored for his vi­sion

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Jeff Werner

NEW­TOWN TOWN­SHIP – He’s not a football coach and he doesn’t have a tro­phy named af­ter him, but Vince iom­bardi of New­town Town­ship knows how to rally a team and get things done.

Through iom­bardi’s lead­er­ship, vi­sion and per­sis­tence, Sy­camore Street is on its way to be­com­ing a re­vi­tal­ized pedes­trian town cen­ter – a bustling cor­ri­dor of re­tail shops, ser­vices and res­i­den­tial apart­ments.

cor his ef­forts, the Sy­camore Street Community As­so­ci­a­tion (SSCA) on Thurs­day night pre­sented iom­bardi with the first New­town Community iead­er­ship Award dur­ing its in­au­gu­ral “Sy­camore Un­der the Stars” cock­tail party and re­cep­tion.

“You just look at the street and it shows. By do­ing it the right way, the ‘iom­bardi way,’ that’s how things get done and get done right,” said Shawn Ward, the pres­i­dent of the SSCA, in pre­sent­ing the award.

“You’re a great leader, a great friend and a great as­set to this community,” Ward told his friend and col­league.

As the pres­i­dent emer­i­tus and found­ing mem­ber of the Sy­camore Street Community As­so­ci­a­tion, chair­man of the Sy­camore Street Re­con­struc­tion Com­mit­tee and a for­mer New­town Town­ship Su­per­vi­sor, iom­bardi is cred­ited with push­ing for­ward the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the Sy­camore Street cor­ri­dor.

“With­out his lead­er­ship on the Sy­camore Street Re­con­struc­tion Com­mit­tee this job would have never got­ten done,” said Ward. “Through his lead­er­ship, we got $5 mil­lion in grants to re­con­struct the street and do the creek over­look. He has done so much for this town.”

To fur­ther honor iom­bardi, Mike Gal­lagher, the chair­man of the New­town Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors, an­nounced the cer­e­mo­nial des­ig­na­tion of “iom­bardi Way” and read a procla­ma­tion that is sched­uled for adoption at the su­per­vi­sors’ Oct. 20 meet­ing.

“Vince’s ex­em­plary lead­er­ship, un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment and self­less acts of time and ded­i­ca­tion to the New­town community as chair­man of the Sy­camore Street Re­con­struc­tion Com­mit­tee pro­vided the lead­er­ship nec­es­sary to make a re­vi­tal­ized Sy­camore Street and New­town Town­ship’s town cen­ter a re­al­ity,” said Gal­lagher read­ing from the procla­ma­tion.

Ap­plause filled the tent as Gal­lagher and Ward un­veiled a street sign bear­ing the name “iom­bardi Way” that will be erected in honor of iom­bardi at his house at 123 Sy­camore Street.

More than T5 peo­ple at­tended the cel­e­bra­tion, held ap­pro­pri­ately in the mid­dle of Sy­camore Street be­neath a large tent.

“I’m over­whelmed,” said iom­bardi in re­sponse to the ac­co­lades. “I didn’t ex­pect any­thing quite like this. I re­ally have no words,” he said.

He did have plenty to say about the progress of the Sy­camore Street re­vi­tal­iza­tion ef­fort.

“We’ve had our prob­lems,” he said, “but it’s meet­ing our ex­pec­ta­tions. But we still have a long way to go.”

Among the guests were U.S. Con­gress­man Mike citz­patrick who pre­sented iom­bardi with an Amer­i­can flag flown in his honor over the U.S. Capi­tol build­ing.

“We’re here to­day be­cause Vince iom­bardi had a plan for this street,” said citz­patrick. “Vince took a big risk and it’s paid off, not just for Vince but for the whole community.”

Mick Petrucci, the pres­i­dent of the New­town Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, called it “an honor” to at­tend the event and to pub­licly rec­og­nize iom­bardi.

“Vince re­ally is one of the found­ing fathers of what New­town is to­day,” said Petrucci. “You truly are a visionary. Sy­camore Street is a fan­tas­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what New­town is and what New­town is all about.

“There are a lot of great busi­nesses on Sy­camore Street and it’s go­ing to get bet­ter with the Acme site fi­nally com­ing down,” said Petrucci. “There will be a lot of great new busi­nesses com­ing in and Sy­camore Street will continue to trans­form into a pow­er­house and it will be a fan­tas­tic down­town place to be.”

Ward also used the oc­ca­sion to pub­licly honor Joe Gor­don with the as­so­ci­a­tion’s first Community Ser­vice to Sy­camore Street Award.

“Joe helps us out on Sy­camore Street. He’s tire­less. You call him and he’s there,” said Ward. “The man’s amaz­ing.”

Vince Lom­bardi ac­cepts the first New­town Community Lead­er­ship Award from Mike Gal­lagher, cen­ter, chair­man of the New­town Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors, and Shawn Ward, right, pres­i­dent of the Sy­camore Street Community As­so­ci­a­tion.

Shawn Ward, left, thanks Joe Gor­don for his tire­less help by pre­sent­ing him with the as­so­ci­a­tionís first Community Ser­vice to Sy­camore Street Award. “Joe helps us out on Sy­camore Street. Heís tire­less. You call him and heís there,” said Ward. “The...

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