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Who Made a Difference in Mineola in 2012?

Nominate your Mineola neighbors for Patch's list of people who mattered this year.

Mineola is filled with special people who make a difference, people who make an impact on our lives on a regular, sometimes daily, basis.

There are educators, business owners, volunteers, public officials, clergy members and others working to make Mineola a better place.

Mineola Patch is compiling a list of 10 local people who mattered in 2012. We need your help.

Nominate candidates in the comment section below, or write on our Facebook page.

Please give us the person’s name and the reason they belong on this list.

The list will run the last week in December as part of our Year in Review series.

Previous winners are not eligible this year.

If we can get you started, we’d like to include the following, so please vote or submit your own nominations in the comments:

  • Utility workers for their cleanup after Hurricane Sandy.
  • Mineola firefighters who were battered with both a hurricane, nor’Easter but still took in out-of-state crews sleeping in their trucks.
  • Stephen Boyd and the Chaminade football team for breaking the drought for the Flyers against St. Anthony’s and bringing home a football championship.
  • Ray Vaz, a Mineola veteran who made headlines after he finally received his medals after over 60 years of waiting.
  • Harry Zapiti and Tony Lubrano for their fundraising efforts for leukemia research at the “Night on the Town” events.
Patti Purdy December 07, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Really? Chaminade's football team made a difference? Really? How about Ray Vaz (who just received his medals) and the rest of our Veterans? They are people who truly made a difference!
Geoffrey Walter December 07, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Patti, 2012 was their year, first time since 1998 Chaminade football wins a championship? I think that's a good year. If you want to nominate Ray, that's good too! Thanks for giving him the nod!
Eileen Lusardi December 07, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Girls Scout Troop 1065- they have been very busy this fall...helping out at the Habitat for Humanity, feeding people at Breezy Point, helping out a day at the Inn Homeless Shelter, running craft tables at the TriState Shetland Sheepdogs Rescue Party, selling refreshments at Mineola HS's play, helping MHS win in the MSG Varsity Contest, and still collecting Chapstick for people who have been affected by Sandy!
Tony Lubrano December 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Thank you for including our event, "Night on the Town". It is an honor to be mentioned in the same article with Ray Vaz, a true hero. Sincerely, Tony Lubrano -- Piccola Bussola
m December 17, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Mineola Lions Club - they donate thousands of dollars & services to local charities.

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