Who's Monroe'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 Monroe'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!

Alan Vaglivelo December 25, 2012 at 01:27 PM
The true hero's of our town are all of our teachers. Every day they enter our school buildings and provide our children with safe learning environments that allow them all to flourish. Included in this nomination is John Battista (Assistant Superintendent) who came up with the original idea to offer Chalk Hill to Newtown.
Donna Gail December 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I'm sorry, but I don't think the Sandy Hook tragedy should come into play here. The Monroe Person of the Year, if there has to be such a thing, should be chosen for his or her contributions to the Town and its people, not for something that received wide attention but may be getting credited to the wrong person.
john roberge December 25, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Steve V or our 1st resonders. Dennis Cassia comes to mind as he is a retired Fire Chief, whose greatest happiness is to give back to this town eveery thing he has ever learned. Our real heroes do what they do because it is a built in way of life for them that we should never take for grant it. Let's pick someone who gives their time because it is their vocation and not personal motivation to be recognized!
Todd Keeping December 26, 2012 at 01:13 AM
It should be Donna Gail. She is the only that made sense. Vavrek is laughable.
Nick Kapoor December 26, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Kelly Plunkett. For all of her work on Chalk Hill and for someone who consistently volunteers her time, effort and creativity to make Monroe an amazing place to live.
QWERTY December 26, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Somewhat off topic but Obama won it again? For what exactly? The country is terribly divided.
Mitch Beck December 26, 2012 at 05:11 AM
It cracks me up that EVERYTHING in this town, even something like this, gets political and nasty. The Democrats are slamming away at Steve Vavrek, while Nick Kapoor nominates Kelly Plunkett, who if I'm not mistaken is entertaining running for First Selectman as a, wait for it, a Democrat... Nick would choose to choke on a hot dog before he would give Steve Vavrek props for the amazing job that he's done during this crisis.. But you know, this person shouldn't have ANYTHING to do with politics. People in politics SHOULD do the things people on BOTH sides of the aisle do; community service is the job description. IMHO, it's ridiculous to even suggest them. No, to me this person(s) should be someone beyond that. Someone who does things not because it's their job to do it, Not because they want to do it, but because they were thrust into a situation and distinguished themselves and served with valor. They're not seeking headlines or position in the community. They are just doing the best they can. That is who we should be seeking. Put this political crap behind us FOR ONCE and come up with someone truly WORTHY of the honor and distinction of being selected Monroe Person of the Year. Surely there's someone people can agree upon without all this vitriol who meets that criteria. My choice would be the teachers and administrators in Newtown who gave their lives to protect the children in their care against an insane maniac. They are the heroes who deserve this honor...
Nick Kapoor December 26, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Mr. Beck, I don't understand how nominating Mrs. Plunkett is political? Mrs. Plunkett is a dedicated public servant in our community. I, as a matter of fact, resent the implication that I was being political at all. I have seen Mrs. Plunkett in action and I think would be an excellent contender for Monroe Person of the Year regardless of her elected duties. Furthermore, just last week I wrote a Letter to the Editor on this Patch thanking all those involved in providing assistance to those in the aftermath of the horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook including the First Selectman along with our President, Governor, State Representative and all local electeds and volunteers. Without them and their efforts our town would not have been able to do what it did to help the Sandy Hook students. I would also wholeheartedly agree to nominate the teachers and administrators in Newtown who gave their lives for others. Excellent nomination.
Amos Pie December 26, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Wow Nick Kapor nominating Plunkett. I think our town has found our new hateful agenda-driven partisan. Our town is better united, which is clearly the opposite of what he's looking for.
jim laguardia December 26, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Sorry have to call B.S. on both of you.... While Mrs. Plunket does a lot of things outside of her elected duties, Mr. Kapoor nominating her paints HER into a corner just as Mr. Beck suggests. Mr. Beck also wrote a letter on The Patch last week that I was in agreement with but I remember one part of it pointing out Steve Vavreks leadership.... At the time I didn't think it was worth mentioning, but now that HE has brought up the political angle...
Scott Russell December 26, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I nominate Scott Weiss, everyone involved in youth sports knows the amount of time Scott spends each week coaching all sports, Commissioner of Monroe AYSO Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Wrestling, Flag Football, etc. The list is numerous, the number of hours can not be counted,he makes an impression on all kids he coaches/mentors. He is truly deserving of Monroe's Person of the Year.
Fran Welch December 26, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I can assure you that Kelly Plunkett has no desire to run for First Selectman EVER. Kelly volunteers her time in town unconditionally and I can also assure you that she likely is very uncomfortable with even being mentioned in this article.
Aquajogger December 26, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I think it should be the 5 Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service personnel who responded within the first hour to the Sandy Hook tragedy. They went were nobody ever thought they would - The Paramedic was only in town for 14 days under the new paramedic agreement and was held to counsel parents. These are some of the 66 volunteers that handle 1400 calls a year (24x7). They also are the volunteers who relocated Emergency service classrooms from Chalk Hill to the basement on Sunday to make room for the Sandy Hook students by Tuesday night. If they arent the unsung heroes of this town - Who is?
Mitchell December 26, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Uh, DUH. Yes it is political. I have seen Kelley at work.
James Wadsworth December 26, 2012 at 04:04 PM
So it's political when a Democrat nominates a Democrat. But it's not political when a Republican nominates a Republican?
jim laguardia December 26, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Sheila D December 26, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Funny that you caught that James as I was just thinking that myself. The first person to respond is Mrs. Lipeles from Town Council, but Mr. Beck chooses to admonish Mr. Kappor on his comment and not Mrs. Lipeles. Some choose to see only what they want to see and hear only what they want to hear apparently.
Steve Vavrek December 26, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Stop the insanity! The people in our Monroe Community are the real people of the year! They rise to many levels in all areas of our town to make Monroe the best it can be. People like Ms. Plunkett get it, yes she is a D and I am an R but many people can see through petty politics and work for what's best for our community. Our volunteer Fire and EMS along with our PD are the best first responders any town can wish for. Most of our elected officials also see through the politics. Our Monroe Residents who are also BoE and Town employees are working together for the same goals...thank you Monroe
jim laguardia December 26, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Very well stated (except for the copywrite infingement of that wacky lady from the infomercials) We are all the person of the year. now lets get the trophy to the engraver and have them say it with me typeSet It And Forget It !!! see that... see what I did there??
Terri Bhatt December 26, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I would nominate the "Citizens of Monroe" for Monroe Person(s) of the year. When power outages strike, we offer our generator heated and powered homes for those without, we volunteer at the senior center fixing meals for those who are seeking shelter, we volunteer at the schools to insure our children have a well rounded education experience, we volunteer at the food pantry, the farmers market, the library and our places of worship. And we most recently volunteered Chalk Hill School for hundreds of children displaced by tragedy. Monroe is a town built on volunteerism and a collective willingness to support each other. (Can we focus on that rather than on petty nonsense, please?)
Terri Bhatt December 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Jennifer Aguilar December 27, 2012 at 09:47 PM
agreed, and if Kelly even would want a nomination, I would definitely second it. Mich, do you even know that she is a registered D, but not part of the DTC? She does, as a bunch of us do, what she does for the love of it. Not for the glory. She would NEVER make this political and for you to imply that is a sign of how little you know her and should maybe keep those remarks to yourself. This is a time when we should be thankful for ALL the wonderful people we have in this town, Steve, Kelly, Scott, and so many many more, and not be hateful.
Mitch Beck December 28, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Mr. Laguardia, You're comparing apples to oranges. When I praised Steve Varek it was for his leadership in the face of a crisis. That was what he was elected to be able to do and I think he did an admirable job of it. I never said he should win Monroe Person of the Year for it. They're two separate things we're talking about here. As I suggest in this note, I don't think it's a person who should have ANYTHING to do with politics. As for Mr. Kapoor, you make me laugh just about every time you post something. You praised everyone. Really...? Every Democrat elected official and Mr. Vavrek...boy I guess you really showed me on that one. You were really going out on a limb there weren't you. Kelly Plunkett is a VERY nice person and I admire her conviction in helping the community, but if you want ANY credibility, try coming to the party AHEAD of the curve, not after it. I never for a second thought of a political figure for this because that would turn an honor into something political and to me that's just plain wrong. I went through several names in my mind and the first thing I did was eliminate ANYONE who was political for the reasons I stated in my comment. I laugh at the idea that you weren't thinking about someone from your party. At least TRY and tell the truth...
Mitch Beck December 28, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Scott... I think this is an EXCELLENT idea and FAR more in line with what this award, even if it's just symbolic, should represent... Good for you and Scott does do an outstanding job...
Mitch Beck December 28, 2012 at 05:55 AM
James, You're 100% correct. It is in my opinion, it's just as wrong... That was the very reason why I eliminated a lot of people in my mind. It amazes me to no end how people in this town struggle with reading comprehension.My ENTIRE point was to take politics OUT of this and to give an honor like this to someone OUTSIDE of politics. For the record, NOWHERE did I write that Kelly Plunkett is a bad person. My few interactions have been pleasant. I criticized Nick Kapoor nominating someone, who I CLEARLY stated that I HEARD wanted to run for FS. Did I write it was a fact? If I did, show me! I wrote I HEARD she was and THAT was where my criticism came from. Not of her AT ALL...of nominating someone political. The PERCEPTION was a political comment made by a party leader. Nothing more and nothing less. Is that too complex for people to understand? BTW, while I did not criticize Enid Lipelis, I thought I made it VERY clear that I thought nominating ANY political figure was WRONG! If it's not clear, let me restate it - NO POLITICIAN of EITHER PARTY in my opinion is worthy of this. I'm sitting here literally saddened that people can't read and even when they read it and read into things what they want to and not what's written. It is TRULY a VERY sad statement of where this town is.
Mitch Beck December 28, 2012 at 05:59 AM
EXTREMELY well said Terri. It was my point exactly. We ALL do it. Some do it more and some less, but we all do. My point in NOT naming political figures was they've chosen to live their lives doing community service. To me, this should be, as I wrote, for someone who did NOT chose that life and did things that were EXTRAORDINARY. It's amazing how things get twisted here. WAY too many Monroe residents would prefer to argue than find common ground and look past the surface and go deeper. Again, I commend you for a well written and well thought out comment that I FULLY agree with...
jim laguardia December 28, 2012 at 06:37 AM
LPThe only thing laughable is your rant and then when you get called on it you say we can't read?? "The democrats are slamming away at Steve Vavrek" up until your post only one person said anything negative about Steve Vavrek. Just as I am pretty sure Mrs Plunket would not want someone nominating her for this, I am also pretty sure Mr Vavrek does not need or want you sticking up for him.
Wolfe December 28, 2012 at 09:16 PM
The person/people I would nominate is/are the trainer(s) of the Monroe Volunteer EMS.
Wolfe December 28, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Odd, Nick. I didn't see you working at Chalk Hill. Where were you?
Carl Kolchak February 21, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Heroes, not "hero's" (no apostrophe). Thanks.


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