The News-Review’s 2013 People of the Year

01/04/2014 9:00 AM |

The Riverhead News-Review unveiled its 2013 People of the Year in its Jan. 2 issue. Here is the complete list of winners.

Person of the Year: Michael Hubbard

“Michael has brought out the best of Riverhead. Because of his inspirational, tenacious and contagious spirit, he is the News-Review’s 2013 Person of the Year.”

Click here for story.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Michael Hubbard, now being cared for in the Skilled Living Center at PBMC, being visited by Riverhead High School student and Interact Club member Spencer Shea.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Michael Hubbard, now being cared for in the Skilled Living Center at PBMC, being visited by Riverhead High School student and Interact Club member Spencer Shea.

Business Person of the Year: April Yakaboski

“For her creativity, business acumen and help in rebuilding a once-beleaguered area, Ms. Yakaboski is the News-Review’s 2013 Business Person of the Year.”

Read the story here.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO  |  April Yakaboski (second from left) leads a 'hot yoga' class at her West Main Street studio in Riverhead.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | April Yakaboski (second from left) leads a ‘hot yoga’ class at her West Main Street studio in Riverhead.

Public Servant of the Year: Dennis Cavanagh

“The swift [February] arrest, coupled with his illustrious 27-year career on the force, is why Mr. Cavanagh is our choice for Public Servant of the Year.”

Read the story here.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO  |  Riverhead Police Officer Dennis Cavanagh helps lead the annual 'Say No to Drugs' March with Pulaski Street students in 2012.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Police Officer Dennis Cavanagh helps lead the annual ‘Say No to Drugs’ March with Pulaski Street students in 2012.

Civic Person of the Year: Vince Taldone

“Mr. Taldone, who, unlike many of the elected officials who have worked in this recent push to help Riverside, is doing his part solely as a volunteer.”

Read the story here.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO  |  Flanders Riverside & Northampton Community Association president Vince Taldone with his dog Champ in Riverhead in 2012.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Flanders Riverside & Northampton Community Association president Vince Taldone with his dog Champ in Riverhead in 2012.

Educator of the Year: Keri Stromski

“For instilling a love of reading in hundreds of students and advocating for equitable and quality education, Ms. Stromski is the Riverhead News-Review’s Educator of the Year.”

Read the story here.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Aquebogue first-grade teacher Keri Stromski showing lesson books she makes to use with the Reading A-Z Kids program.