The 2017 Essex Media Group Persons of the Year

Today we unveil Essex Media Group’s inaugural Persons of the Year for our 10 coverage communities. We asked one question in selecting our choices: Did the person or persons selected make a positive impact on their community? Although the winners represent a variety of ages, genders, and occupations, they share a common theme —  all have gone above and beyond to make their community a better place to live.

Here are this year’s winners.

Al Wilson is Essex Media Group's Person of the Year in Lynn.

Lynn: Al Wilson

Throughout the month of July, if you spent anytime in downtown Lynn,  you probably came across Al Wilson, over-caffeinated and sleep-deprived, surrounded by talented artists and dedicated volunteers, changing the face of the downtown…read more.

The organization Lynnfield for Love is the Daily Item's Person of the Year for Lynnfield.

Lynnfield: Lynnfield for Love

In the aftermath of a divisive political season in 2016, a group of local residents came together to promote love and unity. Over the course of 2017, Lynnfield for Love helped organize and host a Racial Amity Day, created a…read more.

Malden: Anne D’Urso Rose

What if everyone in the community read the same book? What if that book’s message could reverberate throughout an entire city. That sentiment was taken to heart eight years ago by…read more.

Ejik and Rose-Marie van Otterloo

Marblehead: Eijk and Rose-Marie Otterloo

The names of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo should be familiar to Marblehead residents. The town’s YMCA is partially named after them, but their philanthropy extends much further. read More.

Medford: John Veneziano

John Veneziano did not have to look too far to choose his base of operations when he began to build what is now one of the largest privately-owned residential and commercial real estate firms in the region…read more.

Nahant: Thomas P. Costin Jr.

Thomas P. Costin Jr. has been named Person of the Year for Nahant, but it would be just as fitting to honor him as Person of the Century. While Costin lives in Nahant, his contributions to Lynn as the city’s youngest mayor at age 29 from 1955-1961 and as the city’s postmaster from 1962 to 1992 live on…read more.

Peabody: Tom Gould

Tom Gould reliably tops the ticket every two years in the at-large City Council election. But as Peabody’s Person of the Year begins a sixth term, it’s more than Gould’s work on the council that sets him apart as a tireless advocate for city he’s lived in since he was a year old…read more.

Revere: Monse Torres-Hood

A passion for empowering the Latino community through education is what drove several voters to choose Monse Torres-Hood as Revere’s Person of the Year. Torres-Hood, originally a journalist from Ecuador, became an activist for her community after…read more.

Pediatric patient care marketing shoot on August 14, 2017 at the Jimmy Fund Clinic.

Saugus: Zachary Cummings

Fifteen was a busy year for Zachary Cummings. A year ago, the Saugus teenager, the town’s Person of the Year, was diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Lymphoma after…read more.

Lynn, Ma. 12-28-17. Tom Demakes is Swampscott's person of the Year.

Swampscott: Tom Demakes

Demakes, 75, has lived in Swampscott for 30 years, but he was born and raised in Lynn. He is the third-generation owner of Old Neighborhood Foods, the Lynn company…read more.

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