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Last Chance: Who Made a Difference in 2012?

Nominate your Oyster Bay neighbors for Patch's list of people who mattered this year.

Oyster Bay is filled with special people who make a difference, people who make an impact on our lives on a regular, sometimes daily, basis.

There are educators, business owners, volunteers, public officials, clergy members and others working to make Oyster Bay a better place.

Whether it was a Town of Oyster Bay councilperson who stopped to help you after Hurricane Sandy, a beloved Theodore Roosevelt impersonator who brightened your day, a firefighter who took time to comfort you after an incident at your house, or an organizer of a toy drive to help victims of the hurricane, Oyster Bay is filled with influential people.

So who was the most influential person of 2012? Nominate candidates in the comment section below, on our Facebook wall, or by Tweeting us @OysterBayPatch. Give us the name of your nominee and why they belong on our list. We will run a poll with the top 10 nominees in the last week of December.

Richard Brienza December 05, 2012 at 06:08 PM
All of the members of our Volunteer Fire Departments
Foxsong December 05, 2012 at 09:50 PM
The pastor at the Presbyterian Church at 213 South St made a difference for me when I was delivering the mail on a rainy day this past summer, and he met me at the door and handed me an umbrella, saying "Here, dear -- you need this more than I do." I really appreciated it!
Jason Molinet December 07, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Here, here!
Jason Molinet December 07, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Great story. Can you get us his name?
unknownauthor December 22, 2012 at 02:40 PM
My sister, Ann Tarasevich Fetzer, of Bayville! Ann and her husband Bill lost their son, Matthew in 2005. Matthew was 10 years old and battled Leukemia for 7 long years. A smile was always present on Matthew's face, and he always talked about helping other kids once he was better. Sadly, Matthew lost his battle on April 7,2005. My sister, her husband and Matthew's two sister, Morgan and Olivia, all have worked towards making his wish come true, and started a toy drive in his honor. The Matthew Fetzer Foundation collects toys and donations all year long because kids aren't just sick at Christmas. They also host parties for families in the hospital throughout the year. Giving gifts to not only the children, but to their siblings and parents. My sister works day and night trying to keep Matthew's spirit alive! She always says, "I'm just a Mom trying my best to honor my son". She has done just that. I know Matthew is smiling his great big smile from Heaven and saying "way to go Mom"! We love and miss you Matthew!

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