Obviously, the East Hampton community is passionate about the people that make it a great place to live.
Our first ever contest got quite competitive with multiple votes being cast (Peter Honerkamp had over 31,000 votes and Emily Liss Nixon had over 23,000). We were hoping people would adhere to the one vote rule.
Regardless, we thank you for paying attention to this effort to recognize everyone's work and efforts in this past year. Perhaps, what we should have done was just make it a "People of the Year" contest.
So, drum roll please . . . it was clear that owner Peter Honerkamp had tremendous support. He's a fixture in Amagansett, who donates the Talkhouse space for local fundraisers. He also does a great deal of work supporting the Wounded Warrior Project. Between the votes and the people who commented and emailed to say they voted for Honerkamp, he was clearly the winner.
Amagansett School crossing guard Emily Liss Nixon received the second most votes, while all around East Hampton volunteer Sharon (Ann) Bacon received the most support in the comments section (in addition to emails). Ben Krupinski got over 18,000 votes.
Here's what we're going to do -- we're going to profile these folks' great work in 2011. Congratulations to them all. Each are deserving in their own way. I feel honored to have met so many of them through this process.
Here's to 2012!