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Who's Long Valley's Person of the Year?

TIME magazine named President Obama their person of the year for the second time. Tell us who you think should win from our town!

On Dec. 19, 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 who cares about the same-old, same-old? Who is Long Valley'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!

We'll put together a poll of the top nominations on Wednesday for readers to choose from. 

Linda December 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM
I agree Stacie! My vote goes to Glenn, too!
Dorene Rettas December 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Hands down Glenn Lightner! He brought and entire community together and was one of the bravest young men I ever met.
Kathy Reddy December 22, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Without a doubt, Glenn Lightner. He was the most courageous 14 year old I have ever met. I agree with Stacie and Dorene 100%, he did bring the entire community together. Glenn and his parents were a true inspiration to all of us.
Joanne December 22, 2012 at 01:22 PM
this is from previous patch article The Lightner family has announced details for community members to pay respects to their son, Glenn Lightner, who passed away this week. A public viewing is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church on Spring Lane. A public mass is also scheduled at Our Lady of the Mountain Church on Monday at 11 a.m. Interment, which will follow, is private. All flowers and arrangements may be sent to St. Mark's Church in advance of Saturday's viewing. IMHO I thought it "should have been in lieu of flowers..." and donations to a charitable organization, so hands down I vote for our towns volunteer services ie first aid squad, fire department, or even the school for a memorial project. Not in the pockets of a florist
David Yaskulka December 22, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I also vote for Glenn Lightner. His bravery brought our community together, and brought the world new strides toward a cure for cancer.
MC December 22, 2012 at 01:48 PM
As I read the article, my first thought was Glenn Lightner, but not just because he brought the community together. He deserves it for being so brave and fighting an incredibly difficult battle in an effort to overcome his illness. No child should have to endure what he did. I do agree with the other suggestions, emergency responders and WMCHS football team, but Glenn has my vote! And Joanne, people send flowers to funerals no matter what the family requests. Florists have a right to make a living, too. Let's not turn this tragedy into an argument over who should have done what. It was the family's decision, and just because you would have done something different does not mean they are wrong. The family has been through more than enough, and they do not need to see comments such as yours.
Dorene Rettas December 22, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I will add that florists in our town DONATED flowers and certificates to fundraisers for Glenn, so regardless of whether you would have preferred to make a donation in Glenn's name somewhere - which you certainly can do - not wanting to put money " in the pockets of a florist" is an unnecessary comment. Just my 2 cents
Dorene Rettas December 22, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Joanne, I thought it would be helpful to know that the family did not request the flowers. I had many people asking me whether to send flowers to the church or funeral home, so I requested Jason post that. The family just lost their son, the last thing on their minds at that moment was flowers or donations.
Gail December 22, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I agree too. Glenn Lightner is and will always be a hero. Unless you go through, you have no idea what that fight is like.
Tracy Tobin December 22, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Mr. Letterman I totally agree with your recommendation re the Township volunteers. Re your comment about the Township Committee (Yes I am one of the people you labeled clueless.) Please refresh my memory re all the volunteer work you ahve done for the town over the past 10 years. I don't recall meeting you or seeing you name in the 30+ years I have served the town and it's residents. Kevin Give it a rest. You have made your point re the Mayor numerous times. Please don't insert the same old comments in unrelated threads.
Joanne December 22, 2012 at 09:48 PM
thats great people contributed, and I have donated money, and also currently in similar situation, as I am sure there are many others in town as well.....they asked for everyones 2 cents, and I gave mine.... people greive in different ways, some more public, then private..you want to give flowers to get dumped in a day, that is your choice, I am grateful for the services our town provides and their compassion and dedication to how they service our community on a daily basis
Joanne December 22, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Doreen~ perhaps if you were handling the situation for the family, you should have asked them what their wishes were before speaking for them Just my 2 cents
Dorene Rettas December 23, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Joanne, fair enough. Yes, and that is why I made a point to own that one and not let it be viewed as the family's choice. Sometimes it's as simple as us trying to do the right thing during a difficult time.
stacie bohr December 23, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Amen, David!
melanie December 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM
My first choice would be Glenn Lightner for fighting the battle of a lifetime-May he rest in peace--My second choice would be Jason Koestenblatt the editor of Patch -he certainly influenced the news "for better or worse" in long Valley Merry Christmas to all !!!!
L .C.A December 25, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Merry Christmas to all! Today is supposed to be a day to rejoice. Mr Nedd, I have to agree with Mr Tobin, you're beating a dead horse with the Mayor and have taken this nice spirited idea and turned it into yet another chance to zing people. While you may pay taxes here, I believe you're residing elsewhere and didn't even suffer along with our community. Time to find something else to complain about.. Mr Letterman, thank you so much for your suggestion, you're the first in quite sometime to acknowledge the dedication and sacrifice of our volunteer First aid and Fire companies. We do work very hard to provide for our community. So again, I thank you sir for your thoughtfulness.
Dan-O December 25, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Bill Ort & Jim Rassmussen - The Dream Team
Tracy Tobin December 25, 2012 at 06:06 PM
The whole Harrington Family. Following their Husband & Father's tradition they suppport a wide variety of non-profit groups in town, donate labor and materials to projects in town, donate generously to fund raisers, and volunteer their time and money towards making Washington Township a great place to live in.
LV Outdoorsman007 December 25, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Glenn lightner. He is one of the most courageous and strong people I have ever heard of outside if the military and government. God bless him.
Tracy Lazorchak December 25, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Kevin needs to finally get a life and get off the patch. He comments about everything as if the world cares about his opinion. My vote however, is for Glenn Lightner who only saw the good in people and fought a good fight. I'm sure his family doesn't need to read all of the bickering back Ian's forth about donations and flowers. Lets see the real picture. God bless Glenn who is now an angel. And let's allow this holiday to be about nice people and good things. Can you handle it for one day Kevin?
Tracy Lazorchak December 26, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Just try to give it a rest already. And give everyone a break from your constant debates. You comment on almost everything. Quite frankly, the news is not always reported accurately I'm sure the mayor chose to be away because Sandy was on the way. Please hold your fast fingers and contain yourself from your speed typing on the subject of our local government. You're obsessed. Everyone in long valley knows how much you adore the mayor. Change the subject. You're exhausting.
Tracy Lazorchak December 26, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Btw, have you nothing nice to say about anyone? You always point out people's faults. Are you somehow better than others??
Tracy Lazorchak December 26, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I'm not interested in your political views. You avoided my question. Do you notice any good in people. I can see why you are no longer in your position. Again, are you perfect? Get off your soap box already. Happy holidays.
Tracy Lazorchak December 27, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Perhaps you need to look deeper. I don't believe his vacation anticipated sandy. I think it was coincidence. You just keep beating on it and bringing it up constantly. You seem to bring up something about Mr. Short every time you post on the patch. I feel as though you have a personal major issue or issues about him. Have a drink and enjoy the holidays. I'm done with this post. I wish you happiness in the new year.
Nancy Bodnar December 28, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Glenn Lightner. Thank God he and his family had friends like Doreen Rettas!
Abraham Clark January 02, 2013 at 09:47 PM
I guess we get what we pay for...a mayor who took a vacation during hurricane Sandy
Abraham Clark January 02, 2013 at 09:52 PM
People need to remember that if you want to live a crotchety life of a shut-in, don't expect to be able to do it as an elected official. We the people hold our elected officials responsible for thier action or lack of action. That is why we have elections and are not a totalitarian government. Perhaps a class in political science should be taught free of charge to the people running this town. Nobody was impressed by the mayor. We were freezing to death and people died during this storm. At our time of need we were let down severely. We should not be attacked merely for being concerned citizens!
Comfortably Numb February 08, 2013 at 10:47 PM
I vote for Jena!!!! http://wac.450F.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/nj1015.com/files/2012/03/Jena-Long-Valley.jpg
stacie bohr February 09, 2013 at 01:19 PM
You missed the boat Numb. Glenn already won...and deserved it.
Comfortably Numb February 09, 2013 at 04:15 PM
crud....Im always a day late and a dollar short. I still vote for Jena!

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