BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. Our top 10 stories of the year feature the forces of Mother Nature which were felt strongly with a hurricane, an earthquake and an early snow storm all occurring within a few months. A rabid fox and a large hole in North State Road also made it onto the list:
1. Hurricane Irene stuck on a Sunday in the end of August, wreaking havoc with first its rain, and then its wind. More than 67,000 county residents lost power. In Briarcliff, businesses on North State Road to the east of Route 9A were without power for several days.
2. Many lost power again when an early snowstorm on Oct. 29 caused many trees that still had leaves on them to fall down, in some cases onto power lines. Landscapers and horticulturalists at the New York Botanical Garden said the storm caused the most damage to trees that they had seen in 20 years.
3. A large hole formed on North State Road between Route 9A and Pleasantville Road during Hurricane Irene, with a gas line, a water main, a sewer main, an electrical oil static line and Department of Transportation junction boxes all sitting inside the hole. Repair of the road dragged on as downtown Briarcliff businesses fretted over the loss of business during the holiday season.
4. The Oct. 29 snowstorm put a big damper on Halloween . Local government strongly recommended that parents and children stay home and refrain from trick or treating due to numerous downed power lines. A Halloween Ragamuffin parade was also cancelled.
5. The county health department issued a good number of rabies alerts over the summer. One alert was issued after a rabid fox spent a night in the bedroom of a Briarcliff home.
6. A 5.9-magnitude earthquake that originated near Mineral, Va., was felt by some residents in Briarcliff and Ossining on Aug. 23. Other residents didn't feel anything.
7. A proposal by a small number of residents in the unincorporated part of the town of Ossining to have two election districts in Ossining annexed by Briarcliff generated heated discussions in September.
8. Briarcliff dentist Michael Teitelbaum bought children's Halloween candy for a dollar a pound and donated it to troops overseas who may not have a chance to celebrate Halloween.
9. On election night on Nov. 8, unofficial results were too close to call for the Ossining town supervisor race. Susanne Donnelly defeated Peter Tripodi by a narrow margin.
10. The Briarcliff school district hired a new schools superintendent , Neal Miller.
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