Who's the Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes 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... BORING.

Who cares about the same-old, same-old?

Here at Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Patch all we care about is local.

The magazine invited votes on 40 candidates, including the president, Gabby Douglas and Kim Jong Un. Other options included Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, Apple CEO Tim Cook, the Mars Rover and Higgs Boson Particle — neither of whom are even people.

Talk about jumping the shark... add that to the fact that they seem to have completely ignored the newsmakers from here in Bergen County.

Now is your time to fix that... who is your Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Person of the Year — the man or woman who, in Timespeak, “most influenced the news this year for better or worse?"

You can pick anyone from Franklin Lakes Mayor Frank Bivona who made the news for riding the utility companies after Hurricane Sandy, Wyckoff resident Lynn Murphy for her work with the charity 074ATE1, outgoing Wyckoff Mayor Chris DePhillips, or township Chief of Police Benjamin Fox who made some high profile arrests this past year.

There are so many more to choose from... we'll accept individuals, animals, groups, inanimate objects (Time set a precedent) and anything else you can think of.

Tell us your pick in the comment section below!

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Amy Nightingale January 01, 2013 at 09:49 PM
I vote for Aimee Basa. The group that she started on Facebook known as Wyckoff Moms is the lifeline for so many in town. It is also so much more than a social media group.
jan January 01, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Aimee Basa...She has brought our town together more than anyone else could have with Wyckoff Moms.. Nothing like moment by moment information on anything-- storms, accidents, school, volunteering, aide, illnesses, championships,etc,etc. And better than Angie's list-- who can get a list of doctors that specialize for a specific problem within 10 minutes?? and that can take your specific medial insurance , also -contractors, restaurants,etc,etc,etc. the list goes on....
Deborah Ragone January 01, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Aimee Basa. For creating and diligently monitoring the Wyckoff moms Facebook page. What would we all have done without it during the storm??
Steven Mazzola January 01, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Mayor Frank Bivona,and the emergeny services in Franklin Lakes for excellent work during the storm and during the recovery. He showed true leadership and our emergency service workers toiled tirelessly to help in the recovery.
NLTITAN January 01, 2013 at 10:59 PM
I vote for Joe (editor of Patch) and the lady with the car that was vandalized!!!
Mary E. Brown January 01, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Police Chief B. Fox & all the Wyckoff Police who are ALWAYS going above & beyond to serve the people of Wyckoff. God bless them all & keep them safe.
Karen LaCorte January 01, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Aimee Basa gets my vote.
Sandy Phillips January 01, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Aimee Basa! Wyckoff Moms facebook group. Best way to stay in touch with what is going on in town. Also a great place for any type of recommendation you can think of!
JFrayne January 01, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Aimee Basa
Kristi January 02, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Aimee Basa for creating Wyckoff Moms fb page! Unbelievably informative page to seek/post advise and recommendations as well as stay in touch with all the women in our community! Thanks Aimee
Dennis sweeney January 02, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Aimee Basa. A dedicated mother , wife and friend. Her vision of Wyckoff Moms made lives abit easier during a very tough year. Thanks for having such a kind heart. Dennis Sweeney
Liza Fonti January 02, 2013 at 02:05 AM
I think they are all lovely choices, but my vote goes to Aimee Basa ~ Wyckoff Moms is an incredible resource & was a LIFESAVER during this year's and last year's power outages. :)
renee January 02, 2013 at 02:58 AM
My vote is for Aimee Bassa! Her creation of the Wyckoff Moms group on FB has been revolutionary!!
Susan C January 02, 2013 at 02:25 PM
I vote for Brian Scanlan. Since joining the Wyckoff government he has been instrumental in many positive changes; he is especially concerned about the environment and works hard on issues like land use in town and recycling.
The DSM Group January 02, 2013 at 02:28 PM
I vote for Lynn Murphy! Not only has she done tremendous work breast cancer research but also they Wyckoff- Franklin Lakes community. In order to raise funds for the cause she turned to local businesses for help and encouraged everyone to shop local and small business. What's better than that!?
Dayna Fucarino January 02, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Lynn Murphy is most deserving for this title. It is the least our community can do for her considering all the amazing, selfless things she has done for others.
joeleone January 02, 2013 at 04:04 PM
My vote is for Frank Bivona, Mayor of Boro of Franklin Lakes. Frank is a tireless, dedicated and effective leader. During Sandy and its aftermath, he was a visible and loud voice to the community and the clear and transparent communications he provided were not only comforting, but also informative to the residents. Frank's leadership was critical to getting Ramapo HS up and operating well ahead of the utility's original plan. Post Sandy aftermath, Frank's voice of sharp, but well founded criticism of Rockland Electric, was clearly the sentiments of our town's 10000 + residents. Our boro is fortunate to have such an effective, dedicated and tireless leader. Thank you Frank Bivona
Lisa Ciolino Ambrose January 02, 2013 at 04:04 PM
I agree about Brian Scanlan, and would even suggest the entire Wyckoff Township Committee. Brian always answers my emails and does a great job keeping residents informed. He's social media savvy, and makes certain to say hello to each resident who attends township committee meetings by name. A lot of great work came from that committee this year.
j. smith January 02, 2013 at 04:30 PM
I vote for The Market Basket owner and workers. The owner had the foresight to have diesel generators in place long before the storm of the century, provided calm to the surrounding towns along with comfort and food that other big markets could not. The workers should be recognized also for their contribution while others (me) waited in gas lines, they worked to make our days easier.
E J Fritz January 02, 2013 at 05:33 PM
How about you do a poll? Might be more amusing to tally vs. reading the comments here. Many great names mentioned here...but I really think 2012 went beyond just one person. SO many people in this town rallied together to rise above the considerable adversity we faced over the past 12 months, hitting the pavement daily and working tirelessly with the sole mission of helping others. Kymm Zak, Teresa Gallo, Maryanne Elsaesser, Laura Morris, Lynn Murphy, Eileen Avia, the many ladies on the various local Facebook pages , the many fabulous teachers at our schools...just to name a few. So why not honor all of The Women of Wyckoff this year? When I reflect on the year, I don't see just one person/woman of the year...but instead I see it as the Year of the Wyckoff Woman. Much more accurate and much less boring than the Time Magazine one person, one mission approach, IMHO. These are non-compensated town employees who did good work out of their own desire to make "our world" and those in neighboring communities better. That's the big difference.
John A. Unglert January 02, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Great idea Mr. Fritz ! And Joe, this is a good thing ! I have learned more from this post and all the fine contributions. It has been en eye opener to learn about people I never knew and how they have served the residents. I wish to thank all of them for thier dedication and kindness is making this area a muchbetter place. THANK YOU !
Suzanne Anderson January 02, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Year of the Wyckoff Woman -- I love that! Really great perspective brought to the table, EJ Fritz. I have been on countless committees and projects in Wyckoff and the one thing that remains the same from one to the next is how impressed I am by the level of talent, know-how, creativity, follow-through and perseverance held by the women in this town...they could run the world. This year I think everyone learned that.
Lisa Ciolino Ambrose January 02, 2013 at 07:37 PM
I like this direction also. Aimee Basa did a great job starting up a page for Wyckoff moms, and I don't slight her that at all. It was a great idea! She continues to work as an administrator for the page along with her team of administrators. The same goes for another page, 07481, started by another person/cadre of women. At the same time, pages like that function because of all the women (and men in the case of 07481) who post there and help each other out. Additionally, as you point out, EJ, there are the parents (not just women, but mostly) who volunteer to run events in our schools, raise funds for community and school projects, and go beyond typical neighborly duties we often assume residents handle. No one has to do any of this; they do it because they want to. I think that is commendable. I still like JG for person of the year.
Stephanie Gregoire January 03, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Aimee Basa.
Cathleen Cahn January 03, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Aimee Basa has created a place for Wyckoff Mom's to gather and share information. We have become a family unit. We need something, we go to Wyckoff Mom's and find it. If we can't find it, there are inevitably moms on line to help out. We support each other and help anyone who needs it. Congratulations to Aimee for helping create such a great tool.
Beth Sparozic January 03, 2013 at 06:54 AM
I am in the Wyckoff Moms Facebook Group and I say Kudos to Aimee Basa. She has done a wonderful job for giving all of us a place to share advice, to voice our opinions find out the local happenings and to post about charities . If it wasn't for her "page" I would not know about all the other women in town. With that said I will agree with EJ Fritz. Kymm Zak has worked tirelessly to help those in need from Hurricane Sandy. With local businesses closing all around us there is Maryanne Elsaesser who plugged away for Cash Mob Thursdays. Lynn Murphy and Karen LaKorte and all the other ladies that were involved with 07481 did an amazing job in raising money and awareness for breast cancer. I would not know how to pick from this pool of women who all deserve in my opinion to be honored for all the work that they have done to help others for 2012! Wyckoff Women for 2012! (great idea EJ Fritz)
John R Stanton IV January 03, 2013 at 10:34 PM
The most influential and certainly most important people in the FLOW area this year are the First Responders that aided us in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy…the Firemen, the Police and THE ELECTRICIANS, who worked 20 hour days for weeks on end so we could have our power back. I am probably going to receive a lot of flak for this, but I think we really need to get out priorities straight here. I admit that the women of Wyckoff are wonderful (after all, I am married to one) and deserve our respect, especially the ones who raised awareness and money toward good causes (the fight against breast cancer comes to mind), but I simply don’t understand shunning the first responders, among many other worthy contenders, for the creator of a Facebook group, and then having the members of that group flood the comments section for effect. C’mon people, it’s Facebook - one of the easiest things to create and maintain since the infrastructure and audience is already built in, and it certainly requires significantly less effort than the first responders put forth on only the first day of recovery from Sandy. Let’s really reassess what’s important when we decide who was most important and influential.
Lisa Ciolino Ambrose January 05, 2013 at 11:55 PM
100% agree.
Dominick Marano January 07, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Aimee Basa! Brought the community together with Wyckoff Moms. So informative during Hurricane Sandy!
flgirl3rd January 11, 2013 at 04:28 AM
I vote for the police and firemen, the police for being out on the front lines during hurricane like winds, dodging fallen trees and hot wires to help town residents. The firemen for cutting up trees that blocked roads so first responders could get to their buildings to answer calls!! Thank you!


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