In 2016, I organized a day-long community activism training that was attended by more than 600 participants. In this picture, I am opening the training and introducing the keynote speaker.
School, Board and Community Leader
With my kids, Claire and Colin (and the hens) showing support for Mass General healthcare workers during the pandemic.
The Fitzgibbons Family, Shawn, Kate, Claire (11) and Colin (9)
Our family, counting non-human members, is very large. My wife Dr. Kate Wissel is a veterinarian at Commonwealth Veterinary Hospital in Newton. Our children are Colin (9) who is in third grade at Mason Rice Elementary School, and Claire (11) who will attend Bigelow (most likely) Middle School next year.
Together, we oversee a small “farm” of pets which includes Tessie (dog), Mosey and Pirate (cats), fish, Spot and Burrito (guinea pigs), Chuck and Bizou (rats - they are fantastic pets), and six chickens named Peanut Butter, Jelly, Kiesha, Josie, Rocky and Snugget.
If you'd like to meet my family pets, click here to visit a website that my daughter Claire set up.
My kids know first-hand: I avoid going anywhere by car. I get around Newton year-round with my kids on "Blueberry," the family cargo bike.
I am an avid cyclist, biking thousands of miles each year around the Boston Metro Area and all over New England. This past summer, I rode from my house in Newton, in one day trips each, to Bath, Maine, Squam Lake, NH, Portsmouth, NH, and Ludlow, Vermont. I am a member of the Boston Cyclists Union, Mass Bike, Charles River Wheelers and Bike Newton.
I also play the violin and (a little) piano, and in the last two years learned to sail at the Boston Sailing Center.
Click here to see some of my bike rides on the biking website Ride with GPS.