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  • Story by Tom Bassing | Special Correspondent
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Mike Dean, a businessman and champion for children's charities, is The Daily News' Citizen of the Year.

  • Story by Marsha Canright | Correspondent
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Most people think of Howie Bentley as the car guy because he owns Classic Auto Group, but he also raises money for local charities.

  • Story by David Canright | Correspondent
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Visitors to the Submarine Cavalla at her dry-berth in Seawolf Park are likely to encounter Kerry Crooks working with other volunteers on the vessel’s ongoing restoration.

  • Story by Marsha Canright | Correspondent
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Those who know Molly Deats do not know where she finds the time to all her good deeds.

  • Story by Marsha Canright | Correspondent
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Chris Gatlin, owner of the Tiki Beach Bar & Grill, 1369 state Highway 87, in Crystal Beach, is the kind of neighbor everybody wants.

  • Story by David Canright | Correspondent
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Vivian Pinard has been the guiding hand of the Permanent Endowment Fund of the Moody Methodist Church for 25 years, touching the lives of thousands of people in Galveston.

  • Story by David Canright | Correspondent
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Joe Rios is a well-respected member of his native Galveston Island; both as a caseworker with Access Care of Coastal Texas and as an entertainer whose talents as a disc jockey are much in demand at island clubs, private parties, quinceañeras and weddings.

  • Story by Marsha Canright | Correspondent
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Under Michelle Sierpina’s careful guidance, the Osher Lifelong Living Institute in Galveston has grown exponentially.

  • Story by Lindsay Canright | Correspondent
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Gina Spagnola is a community champion for positivity. She spends her life turning lemons into lemonade.

  • Story by Lindsay Canright | Correspondent
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If you hear someone whistling a happy tune down the corridors of John Sealy Hospital, it might be Jim Stricklin, one of the University of Texas Medical Branch’s jolliest volunteers.

  • Story by Marsha Canright Correspondent
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Alan Wilde, a Bay Area master naturalist, is determined to bring the oystercatcher back from the brink.

  • Story by Sara Yonker | Correspondent Photos by Jennifer Reynolds | The Daily News
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Steve Mataro was 8 years old and living in the New Jersey housing projects, but not the worst-off kid he knew. That was perhaps his next-door neighbor, a girl with muscular dystrophy. When New Jersey icon Jerry Lewis launched a benefit to raise money for muscular dystrophy, Mataro went door …

  • Story by Sara Yonker | Correspondent Photos by Stuart Villanueva | The Daily News
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If you run into your Texas First Bank loan officer at the grocery store or at church, that’s on purpose. Chris Doyle, the bank’s president and CEO, requires employees to live in the communities where they work.

  • By Bronwyn Turner Correspondent
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Longtime educator Dr. Lynn Ray Ellison started a movement several years ago to remember the forgotten side of integration — the African-American schools and communities that disappeared with changing times.

  • By Bronwyn Turner
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For his work as a firefighter and in the San Leon community, The Galveston County Daily News named Scott Lyons a 2013 Everyday Hero.