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Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2012 in Ridgewood, Glen Rock

Stories include a bizarre lemonade stand flashing, a doctor tied to the Occupy Wall Street movement accused of hoarding bomb-making chemicals in a basement, an embezzlement from a youth soccer club, and more.

Man Recovered From Hudson River Identified as Ridgewood High Grad

Police found the body of 20-year-old Andrew Gramaglia on May 19. A 2010 Ridgewood High School graduate and star wrestler, Gramaglia left a suicide note in his car, sources said. He was the second 2010 RHS graduate to fatally jump from the George Washington Bridge.

Man Killed By Train Identified As Waldwick Resident

Westwood man Mark Moglia was walking along the train tracks near the Ridgewood Train Station on the night of April 19 when he was struck by a train. 

Nick Campanello, a popular 16-year-old student at Ridgewood High School, could not be revived by authorities after he went into an asthma attack on Aug. 8. Campanello was remembered by friends and family as a talented dancer who enjoyed spending time at the lookout on Crest Road.

Prosecutors charged 60-year-old Roberto Rivera for allegedly stockpiling numerous firearms and chemicals commonly used to construct bombs on Nov. 17. Rivera remains in county jail on a $1 million bond. Authorities still have released few details on the case.

'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro Opening a Bakery in Ridgewood

Television star Buddy Valastro is opening the second Carlo's Bakery in New Jersey. The "cake boss" is scheduled to open at the Playhouse Building in Ridgewood in mid-January. 

UPDATE: Ridgewood Man Who Died in Upstate New York Car Crash Identified

George Swan, 53 of Ridgewood, on Nov. 25 swerved off a winding road in upstate New York and struck a parked tractor trailer, killing him. Swan was remembered by friends and family as a kind and compassionate man who volunteered his time to coach lacrosse.

Ex-VP of Youth Soccer Club Charged with Stealing From Organization

Police accused 46-year-old Sean Corry in July of embezzling more than $60,000 from the Glen Rock Shooting Stars soccer organization, where he was a treasurer. While his motive remains unknown, Corry in a later interview with Patch expressed remorse. He will likely avoid jail time or a criminal record after making restitution payments.

Update: Two GR Students Charged With Inappropriately Touching Middle Schoolers

Two 15-year-old freshmen on the GRHS wrestling team were accused of holding down three middle school students and "inappropriately" touching them at a wrestling practice in January.

Mail Carrier Charged With DWI In Postal Truck

A 47-year-old mail carrier from Garfield was pulled over and charged with DWI on Feb. 16. Police said Linda M. Milano had an open container of alcohol when she was pulled over on Robinson Lane.

Ridgewood Man Charged with Lewdness at Lemonade Stand

Villager Sean Malone, 46, was accused of chiding girls manning a lemonade stand for not using recyclable cups and demanding they come closer to fill his metal container with lemande. It's then, authorities said, an approaching adult realized Malone had his genitals exposed.

Boyd A. Loving December 26, 2012 at 09:34 PM
What was the criteria used to evaluate these as being the "Top 10?" Comments, internet hits, a combination of the two, or something else?
James Kleimann December 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Hits per story.
Boyd A. Loving December 27, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Interesting; the outcomes of Glen Rock and Ridgewood municipal/BOE elections did not make the Top 10, despite what could be viewed as a total changing of the guard at Village Hall in Ridgewood.
Paul December 27, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Ya, James, What kind of hits? Bong, toke,cheece and chong? Happy Happy Happy Duck Dynasty? Have a Great New Year!
James Kleimann December 27, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Government/schools stories are rarely really high reads like police/fire/crime. They're consistent, though. I don't think it's exactly shocking, though. Voter turnout is normally between 20 and 30 percent for local elections and there weren't any races in Ridgewood this November. Some topics generate more interest than others, for sure. The higher read government/schools stories generally involve Valley Hospital, Graydon, parking, pedestrian safety, developments, referendums, shade tree policies, teacher contracts. The highest read government/schools story for the year? Ridgewood teachers making a public showing at a school board meeting saying they felt a "lack of respect." That barely made the top 30 in highest read stories. Natural disasters and police and fire stories dominate the most trafficked articles.
Paul December 27, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Rednecks 0 Youppies 9 Ratwoods1 Everyones Hippy Hippy Hippy. Have a Great New Year!!

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