As 2012 comes to a close, Southampton Patch is asking readers who they think are deserving of recognition for their accomplishments and good deeds this year and every year.
Based on nominations, Patch will gather a list of the Greatest People of 2012, then put it to a vote to determine the reader's choice for Greatest Person of 2012.
It's been a year full of both blessings and, unfortunately, hardships for Southampton, but during trying times is when a person's character and perseverance really shine through. Just recently, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, we've seen many examples of Southampton area residents stepping up to help their neighbors and victims farther afield.
You can nominate a Greatest Person by leaving a comment below or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to give the person's full name, and to explain why they are deserving of the recognition.
The most thoughtful and most popular nominations will be picked to be put up for the vote. If the person you were thinking of has already been nominated, feel free to second the nomination.
It could be a politician, a student, firefighter, EMT, organizer, etc. — whoever you think deserves it, just as long as they live, work or serve the community that encompasses Southampton Patch's coverage area: Southampton Village, Sag Harbor, Noyac, Sagaponack, Water Mill, Bridgehampton, Tuckahoe, North Sea and Shinnecock Hills.
We hope that be recognizing the best of Southampton, it will encourage others to act in a manner deserving of recognition.