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Nominate Riverhead's Greatest Person of 2012

Who in town has made the biggest impact on the community?

Maybe it's an elected official, a parent, a teacher, a Scout leader, a business owner, a coach. Maybe it's a civic association leader, a school board trustee, a local volunteer, or other community leader.

In a community such as Riverhead there are undoubtedly plenty of people across town to look up to and admire, and who dedicate their time and hearts toward the betterment of Riverhead.

We'd like to recognize those individuals by asking you to nominate them for our "Greatest Person" honor.

In the coming weeks we'll accept your nominations to name Riverhead's Greatest Person. Community members will later have the chance to vote on the final result.

Submit your nominations as a comment below or email editor Lisa Finn at Lisa.Finn@patch.com to participate. Please include your full name and the reason why you have chosen the person you are nominating.

The individual named Greatest Person will be featured in an upcoming Patch story.

Lisa Finn (Editor) December 05, 2012 at 01:11 PM
From an email from Dan Thompson: I would like to nominate my wife Yolanda Thompson. In the 2011 - 2012 School year we had experienced some issues in Pulaski Street School which involved our son. He was diagnosed with ADHD. Basically my son was being sent to in school suspension many times without our knowledge. It was my wife who had found out that proper protocol wasn't being followed according to the schools code of conduct. This had involved other students with special needs not just my son. She had brought this to the State department of Education where upon investigation they had found the the school was in violation of code. Since this had come to light there had been many changes and more to come. . . I believe she has made a difference within Riverhead Schools.
bob milford December 07, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Denise Lucas for Riverehad Greatest person for all her hard work Thanks Bob Milford
Lisa Finn (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I vote for Patty Sapienza Brown for 2012 person of the year. Thank you Vinnie Robinette
Lisa Finn (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 02:37 PM
That last nomination came in via an email, BTW
Lisa Finn (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I vote for Patty S. Brown. Ken Johnson, via email
Lisa Finn (Editor) December 08, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Denise Lucas for Riverehad Greatest person for all her hard work. Thanks, Bob Milford, via email
Lisa Finn (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I want to nominate Denise Lucas for Riverhead's person of the year. There are a lot of us who complain about the animal shelter in Riverhead (me included) but few people who actually go out and work to make a difference. Denise has done that this year. She's raised money and made a difference for animals in our town that can already be seen at the dog park at EPCAL. The animal shelter is one of the biggest issues facing our town and Denise is a person who is really challenging the issue head on and making a difference. Ashley Wilbourn Pinciaro
Lisa Finn (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 05:54 PM
The previous comment came in an email, BTW
lawrence sapienza December 10, 2012 at 06:07 PM
So many good candidates here ! I've known Patty Brown for many years, Patty gives and gives and then gives some more ...sometimes to the point of exhaustion and possible self harm. There are those whose brains tell them it is good to give , and then there are those whose hearts lead them on the path of giving and doing, Patty Brown has that heart ...the heart without thought of self, the giving heart. (Remember, Should there be an emergency and Oxygen masks are deployed Please place mask on your face first before attempting to save others) My vote is solidly with Patty Brown.
Diane M. Barba December 11, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I also nominate DENISE LUCAS!!!!
Diane M. Barba December 11, 2012 at 01:53 AM
and Laurie, you also deserve recognition for all of this. You do so much....
C. Dwyer December 11, 2012 at 04:26 AM
i nominate Denise Lucas for person of the year all the way !
Ryan Hart December 11, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Denise Lucas has been volunteering her time diligently to build a new animal shelter and has opened Riverheads first and only new dog walk park . She has made an unselfish positive contribution for the betterment of our town for all the dogs she helps.
Lisa Finn (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 01:38 PM
This response came in by email: Lisa Pickersgill: I hope and wish for Denise Lucas to be recognized as an exceptional Greatest person of Riverhead. Denise works so hard at all of her fund raising benefits and it has been so wonderful to see that the dog park came to be.It is also so great to see how the town and the people who live here support her.The support and respect for her selfless actions have changed the peoples outlook on the future of our town shelter and its importance for it to be upgraded to a condition of humane.All of these tireless efforts , which has also had a huge effect on the general outlook and care of animals in the town and beyond our town. I did just recently as well as last year enjoy many of her benefits and my salon will continue to support her holiday party as long as Denise will continue to organize such a wonderful event.
Lisa Finn (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I would like to nominate Denise Lucas for Riverhead's Greatest Person. She has taken on quite the task of bringing the animal shelter up to new heights. Ms. Lucas is a tireless volunteer, constantly working towards her goal of earning enough money so that the Town of Riverhead will be able to move the animal shelter and improve the lives of animals in need. I believe her efforts will also shine favorably on the Town's reputation too. What a dynamo this woman is! Sincerely, Desiree Passantino Wading River
Lisa Finn (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Thank you all for these nominations. Next step, we'll be putting together a poll so you can vote for the candidates nominated.
Daniel Heard December 11, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I nominate Patty Brown!
Lisa Finn (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I would like to nominate Patty Sapienza Brown for Riverhead person of the Year. As a lifelong resident of Riverhead (South Jamesport), Patty has given her time and energy in so many ways throughout the town without the thought of recognition, but rather simply for the continued betterment of the community both within the hospital (PBMC) where she works and the community she is an integral part of. Despite many personal issues including the longtime caregiving of her mother and the loss of her son, Patty continues to march on doing what she does best, helping others quietly but effectively. Thank You. Mike Lennon, formerly of Flanders (40 years) and Aquebogue (6 years).
fran cobb December 11, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I would like to submit Patty Brown .2012 person of the year.
Mary December 11, 2012 at 11:36 PM
I nominate Patty Brown. She's lived here her entire life and cares so much for our community, works hard and helps so many people. Patty is a genuine person with so many great ideas to contribute to Riverhead, she deserves to be recognized for all she does, and listened to for what she has to offer going forward.
Kristen Asher December 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I nominate Patty Brown. She works tirelessly at PBMC and helps so many people by going above and beyond for them. She deserves this.
Carole Allen December 12, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I nominate Patty Brown as Riverhead's Greatest Person of 2012. Patty Brown gives of herself in service of all others, whether it be her time and her talents, family, friend, or any one in need. She never ask anything in return. Doing it out of the genuine kindness of her heart mostly behind the sceens. Patty Brown is the true Humanitarian.
m. j. s. December 12, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Denise Lucas !
Laurie Milford December 13, 2012 at 02:43 AM
DENISE LUCAS was born @ Central Sufflok Hospital now Peconic Bay Medical Center and raised in Mattituck and has lived in Riverhead for 22 years . DENISE LUCAS works a FULL time JOB @ OTIS FORD ...Denise Lucas does not get PAID from Riverhead Move The Animal Shelter. DENISE does all the work there for free . ALL the hours of work that is put into fundraising and gathering raffles prizes and selling tickets is time consuming she does not make any thing WHO REALLY MADE A DIFFERENCE?????? DENISE LUCAS IS RIVERHEADS GREATEST PERSON AND SHE IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
linda s. December 13, 2012 at 04:26 PM
My vote is for Patty Brown. A remarkable woman, friend & mother. Selfless person with a heart of gold.
Andrea Hobbs December 13, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I nominate Patty Brown.Deeply rooted in her community and ALWAYS first to raise her hand to volunteer,Patty can be found building floats for the St Patricks Day Parade for Peconic Bay Medical and taking the time to ride in the parade! She takes food to the homeless & helps anyone in need. Tireless in her effforts to do anything that needs to be done to support her community,she never seeks recognition. Patty just loves her community. Lets show her our love and salute her! Andrea &Brad Hobbs
Anne Marie December 14, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I nominate Mrs. Noreen LeCann. out of the many good people in this town, she stands out to me as a person who's heart is forever in the right place. I had the experience of having her as an English teacher in High School and she put up with far more from me than was necessary. :) She also is a devout animal advocate who selflessly gives of her time to ensure that the dogs at the shelter are cared for. She's raised wonderful kids who have this air about them that is enviable. They, like her carry themselves with dignity and respect. They also respect other people, which just shows that active parents shape their children. She's done an admirable person of this town, and more than deserved of this nomination. Sincerely, Anne Marie Grossman
North Fork Bob December 18, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Denise Lucas she works like crazy for the animals.
SUSIE December 18, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Is this all you have for nominees, Riverhead?? A town that big with just a handful of people nominated? Very sad.
M December 18, 2012 at 06:13 AM
I agree 100% and second your nomination for Ms. Lucas. She is one smart lady. Mark Linnen

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