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Village Trustee Seeks Re-election

On Tuesday, March 18, Floral Park will hold village elections from noon to 9 p.m. at the Floral Park Recreation Center. Village trustee and member of the Floral Park Citizens’ Party Kevin Fitzgerald is seeking re-election. The following was submitted by the Citizens’ Party:

Kevin M. Fitzgerald was born and raised in Brooklyn where he attended Xaverian High School. He then went on to Pace University where he graduated in 1989 with a B.B.A in Operations Management. During his summers in high school, Fitzgerald was a volunteer counselor at Catholic Charities Operation F.U.N., a daily summer camp in Brooklyn providing recreational activities for persons with developmental disabilities.

Fitzgerald and his wife, Jennifer, have been 12-year homeowners in the North End. Jennifer is the former president of the Wednesday Mother’s Club, and treasurer of the OLV Home School Association. They have two children, Caitlin, who attends Our Lady of Victory School and James who attends John Lewis Childs.

Fitzgerald is an executive director at JP Morgan Chase.

He started to become active in local issues in joining the fight against the MTA’s LIRR endeavor to add a third track on the mainline. Fitzgerald attended and spoke at numerous LIRR Commuter Council president’s forums while also attending several open MTA board meetings. He also provided insight and research into why the additional track was not an acceptable use of taxpayers’ money.

Prior to his appointment as village trustee in April 2011, Fitzgerald was the secretary of the North End Civic Association since 2007 and had been a member of the village’s grievance board since 2008, while serving as its chairman since 2009.

During his tenure on the village board, he has served as the library commissioner, park commissioner, liaison to 4 Village Studios (as well as serving as an occasional host), liaison to the Hillcrest Civic Association and liaison to the Beautification Committee.

Fitzgerald and his family continue to be active members of the Our Lady of Victory Parish where he has served on a number of committees including the Children’s Liturgy committee. In addition, he also continues to enjoy coaching in the Floral Park Screaming Eagles Roller Hockey league.  In running for re-election, Fitzgerald has said that he continues to be excited about serving the residents of Floral Park and “ensuring that our community continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family.” And if re-elected it would continue to be a privilege to serve the residents of Floral Park for another two years.

News

The Floral Park Recreation Summer 2014 programs have now reached their half way point. While youngsters still have four more weeks of camps and activities, the night time volleyball and basketball programs are now gearing up for their final push to the playoff and championship rounds. Of the 55 adult teams competing, only Madness and Chaos (B league basketball) and Poppy’s (Women’s competitive volleyball) have managed to move through the season without a blemish on their records. Playoffs for volleyball are on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, while basketball quarterfinals begin Thursday, July 31. Family, friends and spectators are always welcome. Good luck to all teams and players during their quest to become Floral Park’s Champions of the Summer of 2014.

As in past years, the Floral Park Recreation Department sprinkled in some expert instruction along with the recreational format of the various camps. Many thanks go out to Lisa O’Grady (OLV volleyball coach) for presenting an excellent volleyball clinic for our beginning junior players. Once again, Nassau Community College football Coach Ed Mack and his players have volunteered their time to give a few pointers for all youngsters grades 4 and above on Wednesday, June 30. The junior football clinic kicks off at 8:30 a.m., while senior campers (grades 7 and above) will receive instruction beginning at 10 a.m. Some features will include pass and catch techniques and NFL style agility drills. All Floral Park youth entering grades 4 and above are invited to attend. At that same time, Chris Schneider, outstanding and championship basketball coach at both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, will be on hand to present a comprehensive basketball clinic for both our junior and senior future female basketball stars.

The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.

More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.


Calendar

Theatre Box

Friday, August 1

E-Cycling Collection

Saturday, August 2

Floral Park Board of Trustees

Tuesday, August 5



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