Aston commissioners, last week, presented a proclamation to long time township resident Barry Pinkowicz, naming him Aston’s 2017 Citizen of the Year. In addition, longtime township secretary Carol Thompson and her husband, Cliff, were recognized for their 50th wedding anniversary, and Aston Library founding member Harry Hill was honored for his work and the 40th anniversary of the library.
A graduate of Sun Valley High School and the Culinary Institute of America, Pinkowicz has been a member of the Friends of the Chester Creek Branch for 21 years and currently serves as the group’s president. He was a driving force behind construction of the Chester Creek Rail Trail along the creek.
Pinkowicz has been active with the Boy Scouts of America for 49 years and is currently a committee member/leader for St. Joseph Church Troop #225, and a member of the National Eagle Scout Association. He has the distinction of being the first Eagle Scout in the history of Troop #225.
Pinkowicz previously served as assistant scoutmaster for Troop #223, den leader for Pack #77 and staff member for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.
Pinkowicz has also coordinated and organized the township’s now 13 year-old 9/11 Memorial ceremony.
He is a member of the Sons of American Legion Post #926, and volunteers with the Aston Lions Club. He is also a volunteer at the National Fallen Volunteer Firefighter’s Memorial Foundation in Emmitsburg, Maryland where he assists grief stricken families cope with the loss of their loved ones.
Pinkowicz was the recipient of the Hometown Hero Award by the Philadelphia Eagles and PECO for his service to the community and is a member of the Sun Valley High School Distinguished Hall of Fame.
Pinkowicz and his wife, Janilyn, are parents to their son, Ryan, and he is stepfather to Katie and Tommy.
Pinkowicz will ride in the upcoming Aston Community Day Parade and be honored during the event on Oct. 7.
“There are a lot of people in this audience who do so much,” Pinkowicz said. “To have my name with the other recipients is a great honor. My mother, who will be turning 90, instilled in myself and two brothers the importance of giving back to the community. I am honored and grateful.”
Celebrating half a century of marriage was Carol and Cliff Thompson and Third Ward Commissioner Mark Osborn presented the couple a proclamation and flowers to mark the occasion.
The Thompsons were married Sept. 16, 1967 at Nativity BVM Church in Media and are the parents of two children, Clifford and Denise; and grandparents of six.
Also, commissioners honored the 40 year-old Aston Public Library. Founded in 1967, the library began with donations from various local libraries as well as residents. Today the library serves more than 95,000 visitors a year, and hosts more than 500 programs annually.
A proclamation was also presented to Harry Hill, current president of the library’s Board of Trustees. He served on the very first library board and was instrumental in obtaining ground for the facility.
He was recognized for his work for the library and community. Among many other things, Hill is the individual behind all of the Sun Valley High School yearbooks being available in digital form at the library.