Most Popular Stories of 2012

A round-up of our most-read reporting


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Hurricane Sandy , a border rivalry pizza battle and the Nanuet Mall.

These are a few of the most-read Nanuet 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.

Take a read, and click the hyperlink to read the original, full post. Then sound off in the comments. (Note: the list ends with the most popular post.)

10) Rockland County Orders Restrictions on Gas Sales [Nov 2]

Gas was hard to come by after Sandy hit. Rockland Executive Scott Vanderhoef  placed a limit on gas and Rockland County Consumer Protection has inspectors out checking for price gouging.


9) Pearl River Man Killed By Tree; Family Injured [Oct 31]

A tree crashed through a Pearl River home at the height of Sandy killing a man and injuring his family. A tree came through the roof and into a second-floor family room. The victim was Jeffrey Chanin, 51. 


8) NYC Woman Dies In Second Fatal Accident On Palisades Parkway In 3 Days [Nov 1]

The Palisades Interstate Parkway southbound in Nanuet was shut down for much of the overnight hours on Nov. 1 because of a fatal one-car accident.

A New York City woman, who was a New York City police officer, was killed in this second fatal accident on the parkway in Rockland County in three days, following an early-morning incident in New City a few days earlier.


7)  [Nov 1]

In the aftermath of Sandy, gas was in high demand, but low supply as gas stations were either down because of lack of power or they were cleaned out. A limit on gas was imposed and many were needing gas for cars as well as generators. 

Thousands of drivers had to drive farther to find a gas station that not only had power, but gasoline and sat in line for several hours.


6) Storm Hub: 4 Deaths in Lower Hudson Valley [Oct 31]

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) Poll: Best Pizza in Nanuet and Pearl River [Feb 20]

The border rivalry goes way back between Nanuet and Pearl River. There are a lot of good pizza places in both towns and Pearl River and Nanuet Patch asked readers which one they thought was the top pick among the non-chain places. Raffaele's Pizzeria in Pearl River came out victorious.


4) Nanuet Mall To Close Its Doors Wed For Demo [Jan 31]

Simon plans to change the Nanuet Mall into The Shops at Nanuet, an open air Main Street concept. Beginning Feb. 1, the mall entrances closed for demolition. Read more about these changes in this 4-part article series detailing the October informational meeting.

Visual signs of the demolition started as the food court and upper Sears mall entrance closed off and stores moved out.


3) 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. 


2) 19-Year-Old Arrested Twice in 2 Days [Aug 1]

Matthew J. Pinnock, 19 of Stony Point, was charged with second-degree menacing and second-degree harassment after an investigation of a domestic incident. He was arrested twice within two days.


1) Two Propane Tanks Rescued From Hudson River Near Tappan Zee Bridge [Nov 2]

After Hurricane Sandy, two 1,000-gallon propane tanks washed up on the shore of the Hudson River in Nyack near the Tappan Zee Bridge. They were safely lifted out of the water by several response teams. 



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