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Readers' Choice: Miller Place-Rocky Point People of the Year

Community members chosen to be People of the Year.

On Dec. 15 Miller Place-Rocky Point Patch launched a search for our People of the Year. The following are those chosen by our readers:

Anna Spallina (Nominated by Donna Collier) - The Rocky Point Varsity Cheerleading coach took her team to the UCA National Competition in Orlando, Florida and brought them home National Champions, the first time ever on Long Island. Her and her team recently won regionals for the eighth straight year and will be heading to Nationals in February to defend their title.

Brian Burke (Nominated by reader DMMP) - A longtime volunteer with the Rocky Point CYO, Burke's hard work and dedication to the youth athletic organization should not go unrecognized.

Marie Giannino-Stewart (Nominated by Nick Calace) - Giannino-Stewart grew up in Sound Beach, graduated from Rocky Point High School and now has two children who now also attend Rocky Point Schools. She has been the co-owner of in Rocky Point for ten years, through which she hosts two very popular community activities every year: the and annual safe Halloween Costume Party. In addition to these yearly events, she also held a fundraiser last year to help a Rocky Point family whose mother was diagnosed with brain cancer. She is also very active with the Rocky Point Parent-Teacher Association and took the initiative to set up an online group page associated with Facebook for small business owners in the community to network with one another.

Fred Drewes (Nominated by reader Kathy Rousseau) - A volunteer with the Mt. Sinai Heritage Trust, he developed the Heritage Park's Avenue of the Americas. In her nomination, Rousseau said, "There are many others who contribute significant time, heart and soul to this effort, however I have to single Fred out as the spark plug that inspires volunteers to makes things happen. He's truly one of a kind."

localmom January 01, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I'd love to see an expansion of the description of the contributions by the Burkes to our youth athletic organizations: namely, the 10 years of directorship of the entire CYO Soccer program. This translates to Every weekend (Friday night for several hours and ALL day every Saturday at the field), not to mention the countless hours spent organizing the logistics of the program, setting up the fields, juggling all the inquiries/complaints from the parents of the players, and supporting the directors of the other sports programs. Add to this their contributions to the Rocky Point School's Booster Program and you have a clear picture of what it means to be a good neighbor. Our community (my family included) has benefited greatly from the CYO program, in no small part due to the efforts of the Burkes. Thank you, for a large job well-done!
Nick Calace January 01, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I Vote for MARIE!!!

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