It's the people that give a community its character. In Newsday's ongoing Town Focus series, we are getting to know interesting people across the Island, from community leaders and librarians to deli owners and everyday people on the street.
Kathleen Mooney, 50, of Locust Valley, has been
Kathleen Mooney, 50, of Locust Valley, has been working as an administrator in the Port Washington School District for 13 years. This is her first year serving as superintendent. (April 29, 2013) (Credit: Tara Conry)
Kevin Shields and his family have owned and
Kevin Shields and his family have owned and operated Shields Hardware in Port Washington since 1917. (April 29, 2013) (Credit: Tara Conry)
Marty Caporaso, 71, of Port Washington, a retired
Marty Caporaso, 71, of Port Washington, a retired flight instructor and real estate agent, fishes off the North Hempstead Town Dock in Port Washington. (April 30, 2013) (Credit: Tara Conry)

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Larry Anderer, 71, of Rockville Centre, this year
Larry Anderer, 71, of Rockville Centre, this year is celebrating his 22nd anniversary as owner of the New Hyde Park McDonald's, which is housed in a Georgian-style mansion dating back to 1795. (Jan. 23, 2013) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Ines Martin, 44, of Far Rockaway, and her
Ines Martin, 44, of Far Rockaway, and her 3-year-old daughter Jacquline, have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park since Dec. 9 while Jacquline, who was diagnosed with lymphoma on Dec. 15, has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Cohen Children's Medical Center. (Jan. 30, 2013) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Robert Katulak, 59, has been superintendent of New
Robert Katulak, 59, has been superintendent of New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free School District for five years. (Jan. 28, 2013) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Mark Laytin, 61, who has lived in New
Mark Laytin, 61, who has lived in New Hyde Park for 40 years, is president of the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. (Jan. 29, 2013) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Michael Itgen, 52, of Rockville Centre, is one
Michael Itgen, 52, of Rockville Centre, is one of the owners of Walt Itgen's Ice Cream Parlour on Rockaway Avenue in Valley Stream, which his parents opened in 1967. He stands beside employee Rachel Moyse, 21, of Lynbrook. (Oct. 24. 2012) (Credit: Amanda Douville )

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Kimberly Thomas, 40, of Valley Stream, created a
Kimberly Thomas, 40, of Valley Stream, created a blog called Valley Stream Mom almost two years ago to inform the community of events, but it has also developed into a platform to discuss issues on education and happenings within the village. (Oct. 23, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait )
Dr. Joseph Pompilio, 53, of Huntington, is the
Dr. Joseph Pompilio, 53, of Huntington, is the principal of Valley Stream Central High School. (Oct. 19, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Pat Hahn is president of the Center Moriches
Pat Hahn is president of the Center Moriches Watchdog Community Association. (Sept. 17, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)
Barbara Caldwell of East Moriches is president of
Barbara Caldwell of East Moriches is president of the Moriches Rotary Club. (Sept. 14, 2012) (Credit: Handout)
Karen Lee, of East Moriches, pictured with her
Karen Lee, of East Moriches, pictured with her son, Aaron, was born and raised in East Moriches and is now raising her children there. (Sept. 17, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)

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From left, twins George and Lenny Motchkavitz, 85,
From left, twins George and Lenny Motchkavitz, 85, recall what it was like growing up in Great Neck. (Aug. 28, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Doug Reynolds, 22, of Great Neck, has lived
Doug Reynolds, 22, of Great Neck, has lived in the community all his life. He studied actuarial sciences at Binghamton University and is co-director of the Stepping Stone Waterfront and Sailing School. (Aug. 29, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Jean Celender, 57, mayor of Great Neck Plaza,
Jean Celender, 57, mayor of Great Neck Plaza, has lived in the village for 32 years. She was elected mayor in 2000 and re-elected in March to serve another two-year term. (Aug. 29, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Christina Richardson, a student at Bay Shore High
Christina Richardson, a student at Bay Shore High School, moved to Bay Shore last year. (April 5, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)
Seth Adelson, 42, associate rabbi at Temple Israel
Seth Adelson, 42, associate rabbi at Temple Israel of Great Neck on Old Mill Road, has lived in Great Neck for five years with his wife Judith, 44, daughter Hannah, 5, and son Zev, 3. (Aug. 29, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
George Motchkavitz, 56, an assistant foreman of the
George Motchkavitz, 56, an assistant foreman of the Great Neck Alert Fire Company, remembers pretending to be a firefighter as a child with his friends. (Aug. 30, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Sherry Ross Goodman, 69, of Lake Success, taught
Sherry Ross Goodman, 69, of Lake Success, taught kindergarten at Parkville Elementary School in New Hyde Park from 1992 until she retired in 2009. (Aug. 27, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Brett Joseph, 27, of Great Neck, has lived
Brett Joseph, 27, of Great Neck, has lived in the community his entire life, but plans to move to Manhattan in October to pursue a business initiative with his friend. (Aug. 27, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Ralph Kreitzman, 66, mayor of Great Neck Village
Ralph Kreitzman, 66, mayor of Great Neck Village since 2007, has lived in the community for 38 years. (Aug. 27, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Rodney Marve is assistant director of the Bay
Rodney Marve is assistant director of the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library. (April 9, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)
Tom Jennings, a member of the Great Neck
Tom Jennings, a member of the Great Neck Alert Fire Company for 49 years, also serves as chairman of the memorabilia historic committee, collecting items from the widows of former firefighters and displaying those items at the fire station in their honor. (Aug. 30, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Sarah Michta, 28, of Orient works at The
Sarah Michta, 28, of Orient works at The Candyman, which is owned by her family. (Aug. 1, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)
Kacy Baeher, of Sea Cliff, held her 4-month-old
Kacy Baeher, of Sea Cliff, held her 4-month-old daughter Margot during "Story Hour" at Sea Cliff Beach. (July 11, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Delores Jenkins, 62, principal of LaFrancis Hardiman Elementary
Delores Jenkins, 62, principal of LaFrancis Hardiman Elementary School, will be honored for her contribution to education at the Town of Babylon's 24th annual Black History Month Celebration. (Feb. 15, 2012) (Credit: Alessandra Malito)
Walter Strohmeyer, 83, Orient, is a member of
Walter Strohmeyer, 83, Orient, is a member of the Orient Yacht Club, where he was enjoying a weekly community dinner Thursday night with friends. Strohmeyer, like many people in Orient, says he likes to pretend there's nothing special about the place so no one else will move here. (Aug. 2, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)
Miriam Foster and Grayson Murphy purchased the Orient
Miriam Foster and Grayson Murphy purchased the Orient Country Store last year. (Aug. 2, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)
Ronald Collura, 54, right, and his son Matthew
Ronald Collura, 54, right, and his son Matthew Collura, 23, both of East Rockaway, work at Arata's Deli, a family deli Sea Cliff and Central avenues in Sea Cliff. (July 10, 2012) (Credit: Amanda Ostuni)
Wearing work attire, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy,
Wearing work attire, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy, 47, does some standup paddle boarding at Sea Cliff Beach. (July 9, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Joseph Soito, 75, was born and raised in
Joseph Soito, 75, was born and raised in Orient. He meets friends to sit and talk at the Orient Country Store every afternoon. (Aug. 2, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)
Heath A. Broughton, of West Babylon, is founder
Heath A. Broughton, of West Babylon, is founder and chief operating officer of Man in the Mirror Youth Consulting Service. (Feb. 15, 2012) (Credit: Nicole Bartoline)
Sea Cliff's Adam Davison and daughter Norah, 5,
Sea Cliff's Adam Davison and daughter Norah, 5, attend Stenson Memorial Library events such as Lego Club, which is held every Tuesday and Friday. (July 11, 2012) (Credit: Handout)
Bruce King, 63, has lived in Hampton Bays
Bruce King, 63, has lived in Hampton Bays his entire life, as generations of his family have before him. (June 19, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)
Richard Steiber, 56, a member of the American
Richard Steiber, 56, a member of the American Legion Hand-Aldrich Post 924 and a resident of Hampton Bays. (June 19, 2012) (Credit: Amy Onorato )
Hampton Bays High School senior Alyssa Sardone, 18,
Hampton Bays High School senior Alyssa Sardone, 18, will graduate Saturday with perfect attendance since kindergarten. (June 22, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)
Jack Baker, 21, of Bay Shore, was badly
Jack Baker, 21, of Bay Shore, was badly injured in a golf car accident in Costa Rica in January. The Bay Shore community raised money to pay for a portion of the cost of flying him home and covering his medical bills. (Credit: Handout)
Sue Korol Sharkey has lived in Bay Shore
Sue Korol Sharkey has lived in Bay Shore her entire life. (April 11, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)
Sharon Carter-McCutcheon, 47, has lived in Wyandanch since
Sharon Carter-McCutcheon, 47, has lived in Wyandanch since childhood. (Feb. 16, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)
Rosy Brown, 19, is the owner of The
Rosy Brown, 19, is the owner of The Idle Hour ice cream shop in Orient. (Aug. 1, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)
Barry Dlouhy, 62, of Bay Shore, is president
Barry Dlouhy, 62, of Bay Shore, is president of the Bay Shore Historical Society. (April 9, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)
Donna Periconi, of Brightwaters, is president of the
Donna Periconi, of Brightwaters, is president of the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Chamber of Commerce. (Credit: Erin Geismar)
Debbie Podolski is president of the Farmingdale Chamber
Debbie Podolski is president of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce. Check out her profile here. (May 7, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Shelly Williams has lived in Wyandanch since she
Shelly Williams has lived in Wyandanch since she was a child. She works as a clerk typist at Wyandanch Memorial High School. (Feb. 16, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)
Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, 57, sits on a
Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, 57, sits on a memorial bench on the Village Green next to Village Hall. (May 8, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Danny Latham, 64, is the owner of the
Danny Latham, 64, is the owner of the 160-acre Latham’s Farm in Orient. His family was among the earliest European settlers of the area during the first half of the 17th century. We caught up with him outside his farm stand on Main Road where he sells the fruits and vegetables he grows on the farm. (Aug. 1, 2012) (Credit: Fran Berkman )
Artist Paul A. Gatto has owned an art
Artist Paul A. Gatto has owned an art gallery on Main Street in Farmingdale for more than 45 years. (May 8, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Joe Tonelli, 55, of Massapequa, is co-owner of
Joe Tonelli, 55, of Massapequa, is co-owner of Bollinger's Family Restaurant on Main Street in Farmingdale. (May 9, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Ellen Cone Busch, 40, of Orient, moved to
Ellen Cone Busch, 40, of Orient, moved to the community four years ago to become the director of the Oysterponds Historical Society. (July 31, 2012) (Credit: Erin Geismar)
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