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Greenburgh's Top 10 Stories of 2011

To conclude 2011, The Daily Greenburgh compiled a list of the year's top 10 stories.

Included in each bullet point below is a summary of the event and a link or two to the original stories so that reader can reminisce about the past year.

1. Hurricane Irene touched down during the tail-end of August, creating panic and damage across the county. Homes were flooded, trees and wires were downed, and several thousands of residents lost power county-wide. Many Greenburgh roads closed, and Elmsford was flooded, along with most of Route 9A.

2. When it snowed in October , many residents watched in disbelief as flakes fell to the grown. The snow's heaviness, coupled with the tree's leaves, wreaked havoc on branches, forcing them to snap. Several residents lost power again.

3. In June, Edgemont resident Lauren Spierer went missing in Bloomington , Indiana, where she was away at university. Local detectives worked with nation-wide agencies to find her, but Spierer was never recovered. Almost seven months later, her parents and sister have returned to Edgemont but have not given up hope of finding her.

4. In November, the Supreme Court ruled that the town of Greenburgh could recoup $1.8 million of illegally-granted money from the Valhalla School District. In 2003, town supervisor Paul Feiner made an illegal agreement that he would pay the district up to $650,000 annually over 10 years if WestHelp remain open.

5. Many residents voiced their dislike about the budget, saying that money was being spent incorrectly. In a November work session, Greenburgh Comptroller Bart Talamini said that Unincorporated Greenburgh's fund balance would be in a deficit by 2015 if changes are not made by the government.

6. As a new Tappan Zee Bridge is being expedited by President Barack Obama, Feiner wants to turn the old bridge into a walkway , akin to Manhattan's High Line, in hopes that it will become a tourist attraction. While the idea was met with interest, there was skepticism over the cost and long-term maintenance.

7. Veteran's Day brings up different emotions for many people. Elmsford resident Cassandra Arciola shared the heart-breaking story of her brother's passion to join the military and how her family dealt with his loss.

8. The county health department issued several rabies alerts over the summer. One alert was issued after a rabid fox spent the night in a Briarcliff home bedroom.

9. In July, a naked couple committed suicide by jumping off of the Tappan Zee Bridge holding hands. One died at the scene while the other survived.

10. The 2012 budget was the source of much controversy, as residents spent public hearings admonishing against the tentative budget and suggesting better ideas. One town board meeting did not end until nearly 2:30 a.m. The budget was passed in late December.

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