Tuesday, November 24, 2015
By: James Fleischmann

During November, the majority of our speakers were Rotarians.  This week, Vito Gallo, retired head of the Summit Housing Authority as well as Paul Harris Fellow and past SNP Rotary President, discussed the major program Summit undertook in the seventies and eighties to redevelop a substantial swath of land near the center of town which transformed the City’s footprint and resulted in, essentially, a slum clearance project that replaced dilapidated dwellings (both commercial and residential) with modern housing which maintained the social fabric of the residents displaced and allowed for substantial development of new businesses as well as a major senior housing facility, one of the largest and most successful in the State.  Vito presented a fascinating history of both Summit’s last century and its municipal evolution, and his large part in it.  Thank you, Vito, for being a good steward of your City.