PEOPLE OF THE YEAR

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By Ted Ryan For Darin Parker, owner of the Main Street Cafe in Northport, serving her community is about more than just filling cups of...

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By Rebecca Anzel When Celina Wilson moved to Port Jefferson Station in 1985, she noticed her new community was underserved — and that she could...

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By Ted Ryan Along Fort Salonga Road is a quaint café, filled to the brim with baked pastries and freshly brewed coffee. But the best...

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Furniture is a necessity. It allows a family to sit at a table and eat together. It gives children a place to do homework....

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In October, the Mount Sinai Civic Association celebrated its 100th anniversary and further cemented its role in providing the look, helping with the maintenance...

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By Ted Ryan On March 4, 1984, the Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry opened its doors for the first time, and it has served the community...

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By Rebecca Anzel Suffolk County Police Department Officers Angela Ferrara and Jamie Wendt are no strangers to Huntington residents. The 2nd Precinct’s two community-oriented police enforcement...

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One of America’s fastest mile runners has a habit of shattering not just records but expectations both on and off the track. Mikey Brannigan is...

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By Alex Petroski A prominent Port Jefferson-based real estate development company opened a 38-unit apartment building in upper Port Jefferson earlier in 2016, but...

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By Rebecca Anzel Three Kings Park community leaders partnered to improve and invigorate the hamlet’s downtown area. Chamber of Commerce President Anthony Tanzi, Civic Association President...

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By John Broven On May 21, Stony Brook Village reverberated to the sounds of a New Orleans-style street parade to mark the opening of The...

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By Desirée Keegan Walking into Rocky Point Middle School, you’re greeted with smiles and hellos everywhere you turn. The hallways are filled with Eagles pride,...

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By Alex Petroski In a day and age when heading down the wrong path can happen easily, Port Jefferson students have a counselor, coach, role...

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By Victoria Espinoza The Northport-East Northport Community Drug and Alcohol Task Force took 2016 by storm. The organization raised $19,000 for a local youth group,...

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By Daniel Dunaief Brookhaven Town Councilman Kevin LaValle (R-Selden) has worked on big projects in the 3rd Council District, although it is his ability to...

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In two years, Superintendent Timothy Eagen has become the king of Kings Park’s school district. Under his leadership, the district has created robotics clubs and...

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By Susan Risoli What could have been a highway nobody wanted became a nature trail everyone loves. The nearly-3.5-mile Setauket to Port Jefferson Station Greenway...

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To John Cunniffe, a person who lacks a knowledge of history is like a tree without roots. So to make sure the history of the...

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By Rebecca Anzel During its 22-year partnership with the Suffolk County Police Department, Crime Stoppers has served as a way for residents to share tips...

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By Desirée Keegan Receiving keys can be a magical moment for anyone, but for Joe Cognitore and Mark Baisch, they’re more excited about handing them...

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By Kevin Redding Carolyn and James Borella of Borella Nursery have been making Smithtown a better, kinder and prettier place to live for decades —...

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When it comes to preserving local history, Jack Smith has paved the way — literally. After he retired from his teaching job of more than...

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By Victoria Espinoza Greenlawn American Legion Post 1244 has been giving back to the community since its inception in 1946. From returning veterans with post-traumatic...

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By Daniel Dunaief In a world of tirades and terrifying tweets, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University is encouraging its...

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By Tracey Farrell I was honored to be named a Person of the Year by Times Beacon Record News Media for 2015. While I was truly...

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Tom Meehan is the kind of principal who would give a child the clothes off his back — literally. When he saw an Edna Louise...

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By Kevin Redding Along Crooked Hill Road in Commack, garbage bags are piled up and filled with everything from fast-food wrappers to plastic cups and...

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The way someone handles the loss of a loved one can speak volumes about their perseverance and character. Heather Buggee has used her personal...

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Just keep shooting. That’s what Kevin Foley used to tell the players on the Suffolk County Community College women’s basketball team. And encouraging them to...

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Josephine Lunde never gives up. More than a decade ago, Lunde started volunteering with the Town of Brookhaven’s annual Toy Drive. Her need to help...

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Huntington Hospital has more than just its age to celebrate. Because it has been serving the community for 99 years, working to fulfill its mission...

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Jumping out of a plane, mentoring younger people and planting flowers are all in a day’s work for Ed DiNunzio. He’s officially the head of...

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They have a sense of urgency that motivates those around them to push for better results. In fighting against diseases that kill millions of...

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By Miguel Bustamante It isn’t easy to be more of a principal community participant in Kings Park than Miles Borden — even local history wouldn’t...

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She is the librarian’s librarian and one of Emma S. Clark Memorial Library’s longest-serving employees. Throughout her 30 years at the East Setauket library, reference...

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By Rachel Siford Vicki Rybak has been serving the Long Island community for more than a decade, known by her friends and coworkers as one...

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By Susan Risoli Setauket resident Frank Turano delves deeply into local history. He uncovers compelling stories of everyday people and brings those tales to life...

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By Rachel Siford Chris Pinkenburg has been trying to get Rocky Point students more interested in math and science. So he created his own robotics...

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By Carolann Ryan Fashions in Flowers has been on the cutting edge of floral design for the past 60 years, and this Northport business shows...

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By Victoria Espinoza What started out as a high school camp counselor job has turned into a career of giving back to Huntington Town for...

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Quality health care and, to hear state Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) describe it, home cooking are good for the body, mind, soul and...

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By Phil Corso They’ve covered a lot of ground — and water — in their first year, but members of the Setauket Harbor Task Force...

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Tracey Budd’s son died of a heroin overdose in September 2012. One year later, Budd, of Rocky Point, was asked to speak at the North...

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By Clayton Collier Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco has worked diligently over the last nine years, going above and beyond what’s asked of his position....

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By Miguel Bustamante There’s a lot that can be said about North Shore businessman Charles Reichert, but not only because of his entrepreneurship. “He wants to...

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It is not typically a group that gets carried away with praise. Often participants work under controlled conditions, testing results, retesting them and waiting...

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