As a local news organization, Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to nitty-gritty breakdowns of government and school district issues. But some stories are simply inspiring, often showing that at the heart of our communities is a desire to do good. Here are some of the touching headlines from the past seven days.
This week, we're focusing on several locals in our communities who were voted Greatest People of the Year for their contributions to their neighbors.
Kym Smith, of East Quogue, is the co-founder of The Hamptons Hurricane Relief Fund, which was created after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the area. With so many people left in need, Smith worked to collect donations filling trucks with food, clothing, cleaning supplies and construction materials to hard hit areas. The group continues to help as noted on its Facebook page.
Southampton Hospital President and CEO Robert Chaloner took the helm of the South Fork's sole hospital in 2006 and since then he oversaw a turnaround of the hospital's finances, the remodeling of the emergency room, a new affiliation with Stony Brook University Medical Center, the long-awaited declaration that Southampton Hospital has an agreement in place for building a new state-of-the-art facility to replace its aging Southampton Village home, and record-breaking philanthropic contributions, among other accomplishments, big and small.
Miller Place-Rocky Point
Rebecca Cramer a local businesswoman, volunteer and a 2002 graduate of Miller Place High School, has no problem keeping busy. Along with working as a realtor at Hough & Guidice and owning a promotional marketing company, Cramer and her boyfriend, Brian Carr, decided to step in earlier this year to save Miller Place Printing from shutting down after the longtime owners were looking to retire.
Dave Lewis, among many other things, is a firefighter with the Smithtown Fire Department, an officer with the New York Police Department, Owner of Five Star Pools of Suffolk, and the Co-Director of Camp Adventure for the American Cancer Society.
Tom Field is an advanced emergency medical technician in Amagansett, but also is a first aid, CPR, and EMT instructor — in fact, he's teaching an EMT refresher course in Sag Harbor all day on Sundays. His fire department honored him in 2012 after he reached a milestone. Field has responded to the most calls in the history of the department — a whopping 4,000.