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Parkwood Civic elects new president

The Park­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation has a new pres­id­ent.

Marge Phil­ippi beat the group’s cur­rent vice pres­id­ent, Bill Ne­veil, 1512 on April 23 in the first elec­tion for board seats in quite a while. John Del­Ricci was elec­ted vice pres­id­ent. Sarah O’Neill was elec­ted sec­ret­ary. Both were un­op­posed and were elec­ted by ac­clam­a­tion. O’Neill, gradu­at­ing that night from Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity, was not present for the vote in St. An­selm’s R.C. Church. No one ran for the posts of cor­res­pond­ing sec­ret­ary, treas­urer or pub­lic re­la­tions of­ficer.

Ne­veil had said last month that he be­lieved the as­so­ci­ation had not had a lead­er­ship vote for about a dec­ade.

Mem­bers had de­cided at their March 19 meet­ing to hold elec­tions last week, and nom­in­ated can­did­ates for pres­id­ent, vice pres­id­ent, treas­urer, re­cord­ing sec­ret­ary and zon­ing of­ficer. Ac­cord­ing to Ne­veil, long­time pres­id­ent Mike Hatala and treas­urer Joe Mc­Carthy have seen work and busi­ness de­mands on their time in­crease in the past year and couldn’t con­tin­ue in their board posts.

In March, Ne­veil and Phil­ippi were nom­in­ated for pres­id­ent; Del­Ricci and Ne­veil were nom­in­ated for vice pres­id­ent; Phil­ippi also was nom­in­ated for treas­urer. O’Neill was nom­in­ated for re­cord­ing sec­ret­ary. Lou Farinella was nom­in­ated for zon­ing li­ais­on.

However, a quick look at the or­gan­iz­a­tion’s bylaws showed no can­did­ate could run for two of­fices, that there were posts for re­cord­ing and cor­res­pond­ing sec­ret­ar­ies, but no elec­ted zon­ing po­s­i­tion. Ne­veil and Phil­ippi then de­cided to both run for pres­id­ent.

Mem­bers de­cided to ad­dress filling the va­cant board seats at their next ses­sion. However, a May meet­ing date is un­cer­tain, Phil­ippi said. ••

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