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The Baldwin Civic Association mourns the loss of our friend Jason Vitale. Jason was one of the BCA's most active members, and was a one-man crusade for improving conditions in Baldwin. As the longest-serving Chair of the Quality of Life Committee, he worked tirelessly to educate residents and business owners on the dos and don’ts of town rules about keeping the hamlet of Baldwin beautiful.
We will remember Jason for his dry wit, his unassuming nature, and his continual presence and support of BCA events. His insights about making suburban life better and his rapport with BCA members, Baldwin residents, and business owners will be missed. It's notable that in his last report at a BCA meeting he triumphantly said, with a smile, "there are no flashing lights in Baldwin,” referring to the bright, blinking store signs that are against Town code but that appear in many other places. That was a testament not only to how well Jason carried out his mission, but also to how he inspired others to join him in the work, even when it seemed easier to just throw in the towel.
The Baldwin Civic Association board and membership and the countless others Jason touched sadly say goodbye to a great volunteer, a wonderful teammate, and an important advocate who loved his Baldwin community.
Jason will be waked at Fullerton Funeral Home, 769 Merrick Road, Baldwin, New York on Thursday, January 2, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and Friday, January 3, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 4, at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Christopher's R.C. Church in Baldwin, New York, with interment following at Greenfield Cemetery in Uniondale, New York. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center.
Jason Vitale (at left) stands with other BCA board members and then-Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran at the award ceremony for the winners of the BCA's 2015 Keeping Baldwin Beautiful Poster/Essay Contest.