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Who's the Toms River Person of the Year?

TIME magazine named their person of the year. Tell us who you think should win from our area!

This month, Time magazine named President Obama their Person of the Year, again.

The magazine invited votes on 40 candidates, including the president, Gabby Douglas and Kim Jong Un. Other options included The Mars Rover and the Higgs Boson Particle, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, and Apple CEO Tim Cook. But, the president took the title again four years after he first won the award as president-elect in 2008.

But how about locally? Who is the Toms River area’s Person of the Year — the man or woman who, in Timespeak, “most influenced the news this year for better or worse”?

Tell us your pick in the comment section below!

ray December 31, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Sandy, without a doubt.
Just theFacts December 31, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Mastronardy spent most of his time posing for pictures and seeking attention in the press as he usually does, he was more a hindrance during and after the storm usually taking credit for the efforts of others, TR Cops can't wait for him to be the Freeholders problem.
Amorinos December 31, 2012 at 03:01 AM
The entire Silverton Fire Department should be considered. From the very start, saving stranded residents, during the event giving shelter, food and clothing and current ongoing efforts to assist the community.
Getreal December 31, 2012 at 03:55 AM
I agree with the Silverton Fire Department...As someone who lost their house to the storm, Silverton FD and Ladies Auxillary were there for us and other residents!
TR Chick December 31, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Scott from Blue Wave Printing!!
Proud DEM December 31, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Definately NOT Mayor "ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ" Kellaher.... Time to take pose for a pic again, that's right, smile Mr Sleepy head.......that's a good boy!
Cynthia Dotoli December 31, 2012 at 01:54 PM
MIKE MASTRONARDY hands down!!!
1stcav December 31, 2012 at 02:44 PM
The nurse who swam to work at CMC the day after the storm, dedication IS her motto, for the Human race...Kudos.....
Lucie47 December 31, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Anyone and everyone who came through the storm and reached out to help a friend or neighbor. Those who pitched in with cleanup and recovery. Volunteers who served meals, worked at shelters, helped with medical needs. All the unsung heros. All the first responders ...... How about Toms River PEOPLE of the year? I think that award should go to the community.
Elayne Barbarotta December 31, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Lisa Vergona Fobian. She went above and beyond to help everyone who lost their homes during "Sandy". She put her life on hold and made sure these people had a good Christmas. God Bless Lisa!!!
just me December 31, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Holding to the criteria "most influenced the news for better or worse" ..... Ritacco, hands down.
beaches December 31, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Scott Zabelski from Blue Wave Printing in Toms River. He's raised over $400,000 so far and donated it to local communities and families suffering from the effects of Sandy.
Halpha2 December 31, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Chief Wahoo for being the biggest douche bag
Clem December 31, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Bobby Babaluski no doubt
Sue December 31, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Scott Zabelski!! Local guy who stepped up and is taking care of his hometown. Not another compares to his generousity!
Bob December 31, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Chief Thomas Boyd!! He help save 37 lives and was in Peoples Magazine.
Jacob December 31, 2012 at 09:27 PM
For better or worse. Mick Ritaco the worst of the worst.
Bob December 31, 2012 at 09:30 PM
And the other members of the Seaside Heights Police Department.
Nancy December 31, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Yes Boyd was there and did a great job.
bojangles January 01, 2013 at 01:38 AM
I agree there shouldnt be one person, Although Silverton did help their citizens who needed rescue, so did all the fire companies ems and police officers in town. This is the Toms River Patch, Why not give it to the Toms River Twp Emergency Services in a whole. Police, Fire, and EMS. Do a little story on each squad and department in town, let them tell us of their sleepness nights this year and dedication to the citizens in town.
Scott January 01, 2013 at 09:56 AM
Ron Signorino, Jr.
charlotte January 01, 2013 at 04:17 PM
I agree.
Diane Clayton January 01, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Joining those who have nominated Scott Z. from Blue Wave!!
Amorinos January 01, 2013 at 05:27 PM
This may be the right choice…and should be the right choice. Our Toms River Services were out in front and still are to this day. Selling shirts, raising monies, and individual acts putting the community above all, truly deserves an applause also. But I bet if you asked those individuals mentioned here on the Patch, they would agree with the Toms River Services being selected.
dedicated vol. January 01, 2013 at 05:57 PM
The entire Toms River Fire Department, no matter what it is they are there for the taxpayer's of Toms River.
bojangles January 01, 2013 at 09:12 PM
So you agree with my idea? 5 comments up? the town is more then the FDs even though im sure the CSOs handled more then 50 percent
Stephanie Sevastakis January 02, 2013 at 03:14 AM
I agree also
Stephanie Sevastakis January 02, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Most of the suggestions were related to Sandy except Ritacco, yours is unusual. Why him?
NJSocWkr January 04, 2013 at 12:18 AM
LOVE this idea!
CheerMom1 January 04, 2013 at 07:30 PM
I agree with Ritacco for worst. Maybe next year's worst will be the OCC Prez after he gets to go join his buddy Ritacco. One can hope anyway.

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