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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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

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FILE IMAGE | Who will be our 2013 Educator of the Year?

FILE IMAGE | Who will be our 2013 Educator of the Year?

The Riverhead News-Review will announced its 2013 Educator of the Year in its Jan. 2, 2014 issue.

Here’s a list of people that have won the award since 2000:

• 2012 — Jeff Doroski

• 2011 — Jim Schaefer

• 2010 — Stacy Tuohy

• 2009 — Laura Grable

• 2008 — Vincent Nasta

• 2007 — Marion Dorman

• 2006 — Theresa Drozd

• 2005 — Frank Rotenberg

• 2004 — Kevin McAllister

• 2003 — Leif Shay

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Riverhead News-Review People of the Year (clockwise from top): Civic person Georgete Keller, Educator Jeff Doroski, Overall POY Denise Lucas, Business person Rich Stabile and Public servant Ed Romaine.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Riverhead News-Review’s 2012 People of the Year (clockwise from top): Civic person Georgete Keller, Educator Jeff Doroski, Overall POY Denise Lucas, Business person Rich Stabile and Public servant Ed Romaine.

Every year at this time we use this space to ask Riverhead News-Review readers to nominate candidates for our People of the Year issue. In our first issue of 2014, we will name a civic leader, educator, businessperson, public servant and overall person of the year.

With their poignant nominations, our readers have always played perhaps the most important role in the selection process. Last year, they helped us choose a wide array of worthy recipients, from a local woman who made a tireless effort to raise funds to improve the town’s animal shelter, to the founder of Long Island’s first vodka distillery and a football coach who led a traditionally losing program to its best season in three decades.

We’ve always prided ourselves on honoring people from diverse fields and all walks of life. We want to hear about people like 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 loaded with residents who work tirelessly to make our area a better place. We always have a growing list of people who are more than qualified to earn such an 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 Times/Review Newsgroup, P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck, NY 11952. Or you can email the editor at mwhite@timesreview.com. Faxes are OK, too; our fax number is 631-298-3287. Or just give us a call at 631-298-3200 and ask for Michael White at extension 152.

Tell us why this person or group 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 people nominated don’t even have to know you are singling them out. Nominations should be submitted by Dec. 4.

We plan to announce our People of the Year in the Jan. 2, 2014, edition.

We’ll do our best to keep our awards hush-hush until the day the paper comes out. Become involved in the selection process. Practice your own random act of kindness by helping us showcase a deserving friend or neighbor.