PEOPLE OF THE YEAR

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By Jennifer Sloat He has been called an angel, the personification of goodness and strength, a champion of the underrepresented and an inspiration. Frank Rivera...

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A Huntington woman has taken to heart that Earth was made for all to enjoy, big and small, including man’s favorite four-legged friends. Ginny Munger...

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By Sara-Megan Walsh When a Huntington business owner gave away 30 turkeys out of the back of a pickup truck on Thanksgiving eve nearly a...

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It takes a special person to take care of a child with special needs. Huntington resident Kevin Gersh has proven all it takes is...

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By Kyle Barr There are qualities that allow a person to excel no matter what they are doing or put their mind to. Huntington residents...

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One of Suffolk County’s museums leads by example in knowing the value of the proverb many hands make light work. The Vanderbilt Museum, Mansion &...

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By Kevin Redding A Rocky Point fitness club owner is determined to get people in shape — inside the gym and beyond it. Since 1989, North...

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Nesconset resident Leslie Kennedy stepped into Giorgio’s of Nesconset Pizzeria & Restaurant Dec. 15, but not to grab a bite to eat. She had...

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By Jill Webb Out of the 366,574 children residing in Suffolk Country, 2,445 of those children live with autism, according to a report in a...

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By Daniel Dunaief Tom Lyon, Mark Jackett and Susan Perretti, among many others, don’t have all the answers. In fact, they are filled with difficult...

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Though the hills might not be saturated with valuable nuggets like the gold rush days of old, hidden money exists for municipalities in the...

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By Anthony Frasca When he noticed there were issues with the cleanliness of Setauket Harbor, Charles Lefkowitz took matters into his own hands. A founding...

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By Jill Webb A Huntington resident with a passion for cooking opened her doors to help the people of her native Haiti, and in reaching...

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Pastoring a historic church with a small congregation needs confidence and faith — two qualities the reverend of Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church at...

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In areas patrolled by the 6th Precinct, the sight of a police car has become more comforting than daunting for residents this year. That’s...

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By Desirée Keegan Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. That’s what it’s like when entering Tuscany Gourmet Market. Customers step through the...

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By Rita J. Egan With the help of those who appreciate history, events of the past have a chance to live on. Margo Arceri is...

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Steering a community institution as it crosses the half-century mark in its existence is an enormous responsibility. But when the institution has the inherent...

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By Kyle Barr There’s a Huntington man who keeps himself awake at night, driven to make sure he does his best to raise funds for...

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The hotly contested 2017 Smithtown election not only pushed forward several political issues but resulted in the birth of new civic organizations across the...

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By Kevin Redding Frank and Kelli Cutinella have always been this way. Family members and close friends say the Shoreham-Wading River couple, who were married...

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By Alex Petroski A national tragedy sprung Joseph Higgins to action in September, but the owner of Tara Inn pub hasn’t needed a special reason...

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By Anthony Frasca A familiar face in the Setauket area is at the forefront of environmental preservation and conservation. “It was good news when John and...

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When they come to him, they need something desperately. He empowers people, either to help themselves or others, in life and death situations or...

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Jack Soldano can’t fly or shoot webs out of his wrists. And despite his spot-on Batman impression, he doesn’t spend nights jumping off buildings...

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By Desirée Keegan Securing seven years of bad luck is as simple as breaking a mirror or walking under a ladder, but earning seven years...

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By Kevin Redding Town of Huntington Councilwoman Tracey Edwards (D) learned a lot about herself in 2017. For one, she’s not a politician. The 56-year-old Huntington...

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It’s much more than a place to go to appreciate the work of late artist and painter Joe Reboli. Located at the former site of...

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Being named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education is an achievement that takes a village, but leaders in Port...

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Two Stony Brook teens have perfected how to turn lemons into lemonade for a worthy cause. Maddie Mastriano, 17, and her younger brother Joseph Mastriano,...

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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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