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Editorial: Help us find the Reporter’s person of the year

PETER WALDNER ILLUSTRATION of the 2018 Person of the Year, former councilwoman Chris Lewis

Every year at this time we use this space to ask Reporter readers to nominate candidates for our Person of the Year issue coming in January.

With their heartfelt nominations, our readers have always played perhaps the most important role in the selection process. Last year they helped us choose from a wide array of worthy recipients, including public officials, educators and volunteers who ensure the Island community remains a caring place.

We’ve always prided ourselves on honoring people from diverse fields and all walks of life. We want to hear about people such as the teacher who went above and beyond to help you become a better student or the business owner who never stops giving back to the community.

This town is stocked with residents who work tirelessly to make our Island special. We always have a growing list of people who are more than qualified to earn the Reporter’s highest honor. That list can never be too long.

We realize there are a great many people doing big things in their community who don’t seek the spotlight. As a result, the work they do is hardly noticed. That’s who we’re talking about.

Do you know such a person? Let us know.

Nominations can be mailed to Shelter Island Reporter, 50 North Ferry Road, P.O. Box 756, Shelter Island, NY 11964. Or you can email staff reporter Julie Lane at [email protected] Or just give us a call at (631) 749-1000, extension 352, to nominate your favorite.

Tell us why this person is deserving — and please be sure to give us your phone number so we can follow up. All correspondence will be kept confidential, so the person nominated doesn’t even have to know you are singling them out. Nominations should be submitted before December 1.

We plan to announce our Person of the Year in the January 3, 2019 edition.

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