Most Popular Stories of 2012

A round-up of our most-read reporting


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Hurricane Sandy, a gas main break in downtown Nyack and a rescued dog.

These are a few of the most-read Patch stories of the past 12 months. In this year-end roundup, we rank the most popular stories of 2012 by number of clicks—or, as you the reader saw them.

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10) Village of Nyack Declares State of Emergency [Oct 29]

The Village of Nyack declared a village-wide state of emergency for Hurricane Sandy. There was a travel restriction for all non-emergency vehicles on roadways in the village.


9) Nyack Hospital's Chief of Surgery Passes Away [Jan 10]

Dr. Wagdi F. Ibrahim of Nyack, chief of the Section of General Surgery at Nyack Hospital, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. He was 65, a beloved father, husband, grandfather, brother, and uncle, touched countless lives through his 26 years of service as a surgeon at Nyack Hospital. 


8)  [May 7]

Andrew Naclerio, a Nyack man, was indicted by a Rockland County grand jury in New City on charges he fraudulently received $13,300 in unemployment benefits while he was working in construction and home improvement.


7) Nyack Gas Main Explosion Leaves Hole in Street [June 21]

A massive fire began on North Broadway in Nyack and was still burning well after an hour. The blaze was started during O&R's gas line replacement project in downtown Nyack, which has been taking place for several months.

Some buildings took damage and some had no power. Here's a video of the incident. 


6) Storm Hub: 4 Deaths in Lower Hudson Valley [Oct 29]

The storm—an amalgam of several foul weather patterns—brought its worst rains and winds through the region.

The National Hurricane Center was no longer labeling Sandy a hurricane as of 7 p.m. Monday, as it teetered on the edge of the northeast coastline—but the squall still held amazing power.

Rockland was declared a state of emergency, with evacuations in effect in Piermont and other villages and towns. Hundreds of thousands throughout the county were without electricity for up to more than a week. Storm photos were shared here.  


5) Update: 17-Year-Old Sparkill Girl Killed In Thruway Crash Upstate [Feb 19]

A 17-year-old Sparkill girl is dead and a Sparkill teen and a Blauvelt teen were injured after their car ran off the New York State Thruway in the rain. Quincy Marie Hedges was sleeping in the back seat of the car when it crashed. She died at the scene of the crash.

The car, a 2008 Subaru, went off the roadway and down an embankment, ending up against a tree. Her funeral was at Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack and here is a gallery of photographs by Hedges. 


4)  [Nov 16]

A college student from New City, the son of David G. Friehling, a New City man who was the longtime accountant for Bernard Madoff, died of an apparent suicide in Columbus, OH.

Clarkstown police said they were notified Thursday night of the death of Jeremy Friehling, 23, who was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot.


3) Pierce Crowley Search Continues [May 29]

The Crowley family of Manursing Way asked everyone they know to help find their 15 year old son Pierce, who was last seen in White Plains. He was found after being missing for a week. 


2) Firefighters Rescue Dog From Cliff Overlooking Hudson River [June 10]

A pet dog that fell off a cliff overlooking the Hudson River was rescued by specially-trained Nyack volunteer firefighters who climbed down a mountainside to reach the pooch.

The dog, Zoe, became trapped when it slipped over the edge of a trail just north of Hook Mountain in Rockland Lake State Park. 


1) Actor Stephen Baldwin Arrested for Failing to Pay Income Taxes [Dec 6]

Upper Grandview resident and Actor Stephen Baldwin was arrested on a charge of Repeated Failure to File Personal Income Tax Returns, a class “E” Felony, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe and New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox.


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