GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- If anyone knows Greenburgh, it's John Stroud, who was born in 1913 and has lived in the community for all of his 100 years.
The Town of Greenburgh will celebrate the life and times of Mr. Stroud Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall with a shared journey through his 100 years as a Greenburgh resident that will include a video presentation of some historical facts about Greenburgh.
Stroud, who was the first first African-American president of the White Plains Lions Club, served as a district leader in Parkway Homes in the late 1950's, early 1960's and 70's. He was president of the Greenburgh Civic Association in the early 1960s, advocating for a better Greenburgh, served as a member of the Greenburgh Zoning Board helping the town address land use and planning issues and was a Greenburgh Auxiliary policeman.
Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said Stroud had successfully pushed for changes that helped children and initiated the successful implementation of getting the Parkway Homes' school bus to come to the top of hill rather than have children walk so far home from the bus stop in the late 1960's.
Stroud also led the community in the construction of Lawrence Ave. between Augustine Road and North Road allowing for quicker access for the fire department and headed the Young Men's Council at YMCA breaking the color barrier.
"John Stroud continues to be a community treasure," Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said. "Our community is a great place to live and work because people like him worked so hard for our community."