From the exit of a treasured yet unfrequented fast food restaurant to Buttafuoco’s brother, to, of course, the blizzard, readers had an eclectic taste for community news this year. This list includes stories going back to Sept. 15, 2010, when newsday.com/towns, the parent of the LI Now blog, was launched.
10. BULLIED TEEN SINGER CHOOSES NEW PATH
Alexa Blaise Sandberg left New Hyde Park High School after the administration failed to quell bullying she says stemmed from her heavy involvement in music, dance and figure skating. Now she has kicked her pursuit of a music career into high-gear with songs based on her school experiences.
9. HE'S FIRST IN LINE AT BEST BUY'S BLACK FRIDAY SALE
Saeed Khan arrived a full 24 hours ahead of the Huntington Best Buy’s Black Friday opening, not so much to take advantage of steep sales, but to keep part of a Thanksgiving tradition alive.
8. MALVERNE SON OF SHOT COP JOINS NYPD
Conor McDonald, son of a former NYPD officer who was shot in the line of duty nearly 25 years ago, was awarded the badge number of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly during the academy’s Badge and Gun Day. “I have a responsibility to pay it forward,” said McDonald.
7. NEXT UP FOR LAST ROY ROGERS: WHITE CASTLE?
News that the now-defunct Shirley Roy Rogers, a landmark for Smith Point Park beachgoers for years, if not decades, could be replaced by a White Castle perked up ears as if a Starbucks was on its way.
6. BUTTAFUOCO BROTHER WINS ARM WRESTLING TITLE
Bobby Buttafuoco, brother of Joey, became world arm wrestling champion, grabbing his own moment in the spotlight.
5. SNOW EMERGENCIES IN LONG BEACH, HUNTINGTON
The Blizzard of 2010 was one of the biggest stories of the year, so it was no surprise to see this make it onto the LI Now Top 10.
4. LINDENHURST FAMILY SAVES BABYLON TREE LIGHTING
After the 60-foot tree that stood in front of Babylon Town Hall for 30 years was uprooted in the March nor’easter, officials were left searching for a replacement Christmas tree. In stepped Pat and Tony DeAngelis, Lindenhurst residents for the last 28 years.
3. SNOW BRINGS NEIGHBORS TOGETHER IN ISLIP TERRACE
How many people does it take to free a BMW from a snow drift? Five firefighters, two concerned neighbors and one man with a very good snow blower, apparently.
2. BIRDS SWARM EASTPORT HOME
Jack Haughn's backyard went to the birds -- literally. Hundreds of grackles invaded the Eastport man's backyard and swimming pool, and the photo he took captivated readers, some of whom had similar experiences.
1. THE LAST ROY ROGERS ON LONG ISLAND CLOSES
And our No. 1 most popular blog: Roy Rogers on William Floyd Parkway in Shirley, the last of its kind on Long Island, closed. In learning the news, readers who had trekked to the last Roy Rogers on Long Island came forth with an outpouring of emotion. Just check the comments.