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Nominate the North Fork's Greatest Person of 2012

Send in your picks via email, comment or social media.

It’s nearing the end of the year, and as always, we as a community are starting to look back at the events and, more importantly, the people who impacted our lives the most during the course of 2012.

Last year, we compiled a list of the top ten “Community Heroes” of 2011, and this year we’d like to do the same but also add a poll to crown the “Greatest Person” of the bunch for 2012.

We need your help in compiling this list of some of the greatest members of our unique community. Think back on some of the defining moments of this year: Hurricane Sandy, the tragic deaths of John Romanelli and Ronan Guyer, Greenport Tall Ships Festival, Amada Clark’s Olympic sailing run, fire departments team to quell an Orient House fire, three tragic swimming pool drownings, and the ongoing protests at the Puppy Experience in Aquebogue.

Send us your picks to editor Erin Schultz at erins@patch.com, comment on this post or through Facebook. We’ll narrow down the list then post that along with a poll later this month so you can vote for 2012’s “Greatest Person,” to be crowned on Jan. 1, 2013.

Who are your picks for 2012's greatest people of the year and why? Tell us in the comments.

Beigh Irshad December 03, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Beautiful.
forward thinking December 04, 2012 at 11:51 AM
john romanelli should prevail as he was not an incident "hero" he was a constant ever giving person who put people first and if he saw a person in need he reacted...
Paula Daniel December 05, 2012 at 09:00 PM
John was my first thought. He lived "community". Please nominate him. Thank You
forward thinking December 07, 2012 at 11:58 PM
JOHN R GAVE OF HIMSELF HE WAS NOT ALL ABOUT PROFIT HE TRULY HELPED LOCALS JUST ASK HIS FELLOW WORKERS, HE WENT INTO THE TOWN TO HELP WHERE HE COULD AND GAVE HIS TIME, AND ALLOWED HIS EMPLOYEES ALSO HELP THE TOWN MORE THAN ONCE HE AIDED APERSON WITH OUT HEAT "HIMSELF. AND MANY MORE THAT GOES UNKOWN ...
Erin Schultz (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Everyone - thank you for your comments so far on John Romanelli. We will be pursuing stories to remember him as the one-year anniversary of the tragedy approaches. But for this post, we'd like more suggestions for 'people of the year' to compile a list to go along with our 'person of the year' — feel free to let us know who you think contributed something great to our community during 2012 and beyond in these comments, on our Facebook page or email your thoughts to me at erins@patch.com. Thanks much -- Erin
Monica SC Raynor December 11, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Our EVERY DAY, 24/7 Heroes - the VOLUNTEER Fire & EMS Personnel (Orient to Laurel)!!!' I sleep a little better knowing they are there.
forward thinking December 12, 2012 at 12:16 AM
amen monica - unsung heros
Theatre Lover December 13, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I would nominate Mary Motto Kalich, chairperson of the North Fork Community Theatre's fundraising committee, as well as the entire committee. From my understanding, Mary worked for years and did everything possible to secure a permanent home for the theatre, and they succeeded. They raised $500,000 (in a rough economic times) by showing the community the value of the NFCT to our community at large This committee - and specifically their tireless leader -- certainly are to be commended for the time, effort, and genuine heart they gave this campaign. Thanks to Mary and her team, the North Fork will benefit for many years to come from live entertainment, a community gathering place, and a place to educate and mold our youth. What a precious gift they gave us, the North Fork!

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